Letters to the Editor

Reducing the risk

I see a possible corrective measure to the confusion created in communities upon the release of high-risk offenders into our society.

Together I believe we can make a difference. After all it is our duty to each other. We could maintain integrity amongst us as a good role model to our children and effectively set up an environment of healing to a recovering victim of abuse who is now called an offender.

This is my appeal to organizations or individuals responsible for the release of high-risk offenders into communities:

Set up public meetings with volunteer community members, the offender and the offender’s support group (probation officer, counsellor, etc.) and give the offender a chance to share.

Acknowledge the offender as a product of our society, who as an adult is now in a position to correct his behaviour. Express sincerest apologies for the lack of understanding on how to handle the situation. Acknowledge the risk to the community and the risk to the offender in the community.

Brainstorm a mutual understanding of how to proceed. Set up a protocol for how to execute a plan of action.

Additional ideas that might contribute to bringing about a deeper and mutual understanding for how to proceed is for both parties to embrace: consideration for others; rational understanding; increased rational experiences; neutralizing foolish impulsive actions; neutralizing foolish impulsive attitudes; and empowering our children to do so amongst themselves.

Consider a workzone-related incentive, such as education or employment for accomplishments that contribute to an improved society and quality of life for everyone.

Claudia Busch





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