for Ms. Kim and Ms. Maday
by Rufus West, #225213
(In the name of God, the Most Gracious, Most Merciful)
When I did the Restorative Justice program in 2008 at the Columbia Correctional Institution in Portage, the facilitators, Reverend Jerry Hancock and Judge Geske, had three survivors of crime come in and share their experiences: Mr. Tim—who had been awakened to his home being burglarized; Ms. Tanya—who was robbed and pistol-whipped at a drive through A.T.M.; and Ms. Pat—whose son was murdered. Yesterday while listening to Ms. Kim and Ms. Maday share their experiences with me on the second day of the three-day Restorative Justice part of the Green Bay Correctional Institution's Challenges and Possibilities program, I realized that all of the aforementioned survivors share a common bond: being robbed of their 'normal' forever. Consequently, they are compelled to live a new normal.