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Beyond Vengeance, Beyond Duality: A Call for a Compassionate Revolution Paperback – May 1, 2010
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A CALL FOR A COMPASSIONATE REVOLUTION
I believe the moment has arrived for a paradigm shift in our thinking about our criminal justice system. We are rooted in concepts of separation and duality that pull us apart, bring about more suffering and create increased violence in our society as a whole.
The extreme costs to our entire nation financially, physically/medically, emotionally, spiritually and in relationships are increasing as we cling to these ineffective, punitive methods of carrying out justice.
Sylvia Clute, a lawyer for thirty-six years, is the author of a recently published book, Beyond Vengeance Beyond Duality: A Call for a Compassionate Revolution (Hampton Roads, May 2010), a new vision for our legal system and, indeed, our society. She describes the new consciousness in terms of "unitive" (instead of "punitive") justice, which makes available opportunities for healing, reconciliation, harmony, closeness, peace and safety.
Examples of where unitive/restorative justice have been instituted demonstrate lowered recidivism rates (from over 60% to less than 10%), less cost for incarceration (a quarter of the cost of traditional treatment programs), reduced violence in our prisons and jails, healthier people returning from prison to our communities and, thus, the entire society benefits. Evidence shows that the inmates exposed to unitive justice transform their attitudes and behavior of criminality (violence, hostility, abusiveness, anger, self-destruction) to those of respect, honesty, integrity and trust. They become more self-reliant and healthy, responsible community members.
I highly recommend this hopeful, compelling book to you as a way to support us in bringing about the compassionate revolution in our justice system and society, now.
I intend to get more copies to share with colleagues and clients as
the discernment being offered, while very sophisticated, is done with
simple and accessible language, concepts and examples that make sense
to both the mind and heart.
Seriously folks, this book is a powerful teaching and learning tool.
if you haven't picked up a copy I highly recommend doing so.