Annual Dinner for Restore

RESTORE will have its fall fund-raising dinner on Friday, November 5th at the Old Courthouse Museum, 200 W. 6th St. in Sioux Falls, SD. Featured speaker will be Judge Merton B. Tice, Jr. (Ret.), 7th Circuit, Rapid City. Tickets are $25 and are available by calling (605) 338-6020 or by emailing Restore-SD@sio.midco.net The event will begin with a social time at 6:00 p.m., with dinner served at 7:00., followed by remarks by Judge Tice. There will also be a quilt show and a door prize of a quilt made by Phyllis A. Schrag of Sioux Falls.  Select quilts will also be available for donations to Restore.

Judge Tice’s address, titled “Restorative Justice: Tough on Crime – The Pennington County Experience,” will recount his crusade to create the very successful Center of Restorative Justice in Rapid City, South Dakota. Since 1997, the Center for Restorative Justice has worked closely with the court system to provide an alternative to the traditional model of punitive justice.

Judge Tice, who retired earlier this year after 35 years as a circuit court judge, will recount his experiences with restorative justice, which focuses on the harm caused by crime, rather than just the legal violation of laws and rules.  “Restorative justice holds offenders to a much higher level of accountability,” says Judge Tice. “It also works to repair harm done to the victim.” The approach also promotes safer communities, says Tice, is cost effective, and reduces rates of reoffending.  Victim-offender mediation programs have been endorsed by the American Bar Association since 1994.

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