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Panel discusses ‘restorative justice’ in Nyack

NYACK – Dozens of people attended a panel Sunday evening to hear a discussion about “restorative justice” and the intersection of crime, offenders, victims and communities.

The panelists included people with a variety of experiences related to restorative justice, the practice of rehabilitating those accused of crimes with the related victims and community.

They panel included Tarik Greene, who served 11 years in prison for armed robbery and is now deputy director of Making a Difference Everyday, a re-entry nonprofit serving former inmates; Colleen Kelly, a co-founder of 9-11 Families for a Peaceful Tomorrow and whose brother died in the 2001 attacks on the World Trade Center; Elaine Lord, a retired superintendent of the state’s Bedford Hills women’s prison; Kiera Pollock, deputy executive director of the nonprofit Center for Safety and Change, which serves victims of crimes including domestic violence and sexual abuse; and Priscilla Prutzman, cofounder and executive director of Creative Response to Conflict, which helps provide restorative practices to schools in the Greater New York region.

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