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16|A SENTENCE APART | Discussion Guide | Restorative Justice is an alternative to incarceration that focuses on the needs of the victims and the offenders, as well as the surrounding community, instead of focusing on laws and punishment. DIRECTIONS: Conduct a research project on Restorative Justice. How is this model different than the current system of courts, sentencing, and prisons? Is Restorative Justice successful in achieving its stated goals? Write a persuasive essay and take a position related to how this model does or does not promote rehabilitation and justice. Provide facts to support your position. EXTENSION ACTIVITY 2: POLICIES AFFECTING EX-OFFENDERS The following laws directly affect formerly incarcerated parents: • The Welfare Reform Act of 1996 • The Adoption and Safe Families Act of 1997 (AFSA) • Violent Crime Control and Law Enforcement Act of 1994 • Housing Opportunity Program Extension Act of 1996 DIRECTIONS: Conduct a research project and public presentation on one or more of these laws that look at impact. How do these laws affect formerly incarcerated parents and are the laws achieving their stated goals? How do these laws contribute to recidivism or promote rehabilitation? Prepare a short presentation for the group on your analysis and findings. Do you think the law(s) are effective in achieving their stated goals? Why or why not? If not, what recommendations would you make to change this law? Provide visuals and facts to support your conclusions and opinions. EXTENSION ACTIVITIES EXTENSION ACTIVITY 1: ALTERNATIVES TO INCARCERATION