Holy Trinity to hold event focused on restorative justice

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Holy Trinity Church, 502 Cherrywood Road, will hold a Year of Mercy panel discussion entitled “A Merciful Justice: Restorative Justice in Catholic Tradition and Local Application: Faith in Action” Nov. 30 at 7 p.m. in the church’s multi-purpose building.

Restorative justice focuses on the rehabilitation of offenders through a process that offers the opportunity for reconciliation with victims and the community.

“The program will show how this modern practice with historical roots in the church’s social justice tradition has been shown to reduce recidivism of offenders and increase satisfaction with the judicial process,” said a press release from Holy Trinity Church.

Other institutions in the community are also looking at ways to use restorative justice for the benefit of the community.

Dr. Tori Murden-McClure — president of Spalding University and one of the panelists for the program at Holy Trinity — announced the creation of the Center for Restorative Justice at the university Sept. 29.

The new program is the result of a partnership between Spalding and Restorative Justice Louisville (RJL), a non-profit organization founded in 2011 that works with juvenile courts.

McClure said restorative justice provides offenders with “a different way to think about the harm they’ve caused.”

“To be able to have the person who was harmed have a conversation with the person who harmed them and understand why and what they were thinking and how it changed their lives has a much greater impact,” said McClure in an article that appeared in The Record Oct. 6.

Other panelists for the program will include Archbishop Joseph E. Kurtz, Circuit Court Judge Angela McCormick Bisig, Jefferson County Attorney Mike O’Connell and other civic leaders.

To make reservations to attend the event, call Therese Carroll-Caruso at 897-5207. For more information, visit www.htparish.org.

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