Washtenaw County prosecutor rolls out new ‘restorative justice’ program. How does it work?
WASHTENAW COUNTY -- Some Washtenaw County crime victims now have the option to sit across from people accused of harming them as a facilitator guides a process of “restorative justice” that will skip criminal charges if successful. That’s thanks to a new program announced Thursday, Sept. 9, by the Washtenaw County Prosecutor’s Office, the latest in a slew of progressive policy changes spearheaded by Prosecutor Eli Savit since taking office in January. “The American justice system too frequently sidelines victims, and seeks punishment as the end goal,” reads a policy document announcing the program, a partnership with the nonprofit Dispute Resolution Center. There’s a “better way,” it says: restorative justice. More from The Ann Arbor News:Michigan sheriff forgives more than $500,000 in jail debt owed by past and current inmatesWashtenaw County prosecutor rolls out new policy to end use of cash bailNew policy geared toward combating racial profiling introduced by Washtenaw County prosecutormlive.com