Truth be told, I stumbled across the documentary, Beyond Conviction, the other day, but I didn't watch all of it.
Basically, it's a movie wherein victims of crimes confront the people who made them victims. The stories themselves seemed like they'd be interesting, but the commentary from 'noted psychologists' turned me off. If only the criminals could see the way victims lives were impacted, and if only the victims could see... and if only people stopped thinking of these criminals as criminals... yada, yada, yada.
Okay, so I watched the first of three such cases - which I suspect were cherry-picked to prove the documentarian's theories - was presented originally as a rapist who attacked a girl who was living in the house where he stayed while going through some personal crap. Partway into the segment, low and behold, the rapist was the victim's brother. Pure shock value presenting it that way, and I was a little pissed for the rape survivor at their tactics. And yes, in this particular instance, the only way she could heal was by confronting her brother and letting go of the anger she'd been holding for 13 years.
I skipped the next one when it turned out to be a mother whose son was killed in prison by another inmate. Yes, she was hurting, but I couldn't see how confronting the other criminal who killed her son would do anyone any good.
I didn't go back for the third instance, but according to what I could find online, it centered around a daughter seeking answers from her father - who had killed her mother.
They call this 'restorative justice'. The first and the third cases here, I could see how confronting the person who basically ruined your life could help with closure. Not so sure how that mother in the second case is ever going to find closure. But that's just me. Personally, I'd just want to be alone with the man who killed my child so I could beat him to death with a brick.
Have you ever watched Beyond Conviction? If you have, should I have stuck around through the other two cases? If you haven't, what do you think of the concept of restorative justice? Would you want to talk to the person who wronged you and get answers? Or would you rather they just rot in jail?