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Northwest Voices

Seattle Times letters to the editor

July 10, 2013 at 7:30 PM

Crime victims reach out to offenders

A powerful example

Eliza Webb was startled to find a cell phone next to her burgled car at her West Seattle home, and surmised it might belong to the burglar.  It did.  And Webb, along with husband Blake, set out to make things right. [Dean Rutz, The Seattle Times.]

Eliza Webb was startled to find a cell phone next to her burgled car at her West Seattle home, and surmised it might belong to the burglar. It did. And Webb, along with husband Blake, set out to make things right. [Dean Rutz, The Seattle Times.]

Thanks for providing front-page coverage of Eliza Webb’s powerful example of restorative justice. [“Victim makes teen car prowlers own up to spree,” page one, July 8.]

Rather than asking what crime is committed, by asking instead what harm is done, we set in motion a different response to a crime. The focus is now on the victims and the community rather than just the offender.

The primary goal then is to attend to the needs of the victims, to engage in healing the impact of the crime on the victims, offenders and community, and to expect the offender to make things right with those who have been harmed.

Eliza Webb and her community responded perfectly in modeling this response to crime. May we personally and as a society learn to respond likewise.

Tom Ewell, Whidbey Island

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