When Ed and David Broke into Mildred’s House and Took Things
A Story about RJ City’s Response to Crime, Victims and Offenders
One afternoon two young men broke into a house, ransacked it and took small valuables they could easily sell. This is the story of those two men, the woman who lived in the house, and how RJ City responded to all of them. RJ CitySM is creating a system that will allow it to respond as restoratively as possible to all crimes, all victims and all offenders. In the course of this story you will meet family members and friends of all three. You will see how the crime had effects that went beyond the harm to the immediate victim. And you ...view middle of the document...
These encourage creative application of restorative principles to difficult issues. You can find those, and other RJ Citysm materials, at www.rjcity.org. 3. RJ Citysm is a work in progress, which means that this Case Study is as well. For more information about the features of RJ City’ssm response to crime that are reflected in this example, please refer to RJ Citysm: Phase 1 Final Report [http://rjcity.org/the-project/1_Final]. If you have comments, criticisms or suggestions, please offer them. As we learn more, we may modify this story. 4. This is the October 2009 version.
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RJ Citysm Case Study
One afternoon, two young men knocked on the door of a home. Getting no answer, they broke in. They moved quickly through the house, looking for small items they could carry easily.
They found what they were looking for in the back bedroom. They ransacked the room, grabbing things they could fence.
“Let’s get out of here,” one of them said, stuffing the last of the loot in his pocket. “All right,” said the other, pulling a watch out of a drawer. They hurried out of the house and ran down the street.
They never thought about who lived in the house, or how those people would feel when they got back home.
Mildred Returns Home
While Officer Randy was in the house, John, the Victim Support Coordinator for Mildred’s neighborhood, arrived. He gave Mildred and Betty a booklet with information about how RJ City responds to crime. It included these provisions:
Mildred owns the house and has lived alone for two years since her husband died. The day of the burglary she was visiting her daughter, Betty. When Betty drove her home, they saw the door was broken and called 911.
We are very sorry this happened. Our commitment to you: To protect you . To keep you informed. To include you, if you wish. To allow you to not participate, if you prefer. To help you find assistance. To help you get restitution. To treat you with respect.
What we ask of you: Treat others with respect. Do not retaliate. Allow others to participate. Victims are central in our response to crime. We will work with you to make it less likely that this will happen again to you or to anyone.
Officer Randy, who works for the Investigating Magistrate, arrived soon. He went through the house to make sure no one was still inside.
RJ City: Case Study
When Officer Randy was sure no one was inside, Mildred, Betty, John and he went through the house together.
Mildred was horrified when she saw her bedroom. Someone had emptied every drawer and ransacked the place.
Just as she had feared, the anniversary watch was missing, along with jewelry and some money.
Victim Support for Mildred
John told her about a group of volunteers from a nearby church that helps with crime scene clean-up and repair. Betty insisted that Mildred stay...