James D. Diamond on Healing after Rampage Shootings
In this episode, James D. Diamond discusses his book After the Bloodbath: Is Healing Possible in the Wake of Rampage Shootings. Topics include Indigenous justice traditions, restorative justice, the effects of rampage shootings on victims and families, and potential changes to the US legal system to encourage healing in the wake of tragedy.
After the Blood Bath, “examines the typical American reaction to the tragedy of rampage killings,” the “interplay between offenders and their families and victims and their families,” and “an emerging and unreported trend”: the desire for reconciliation and healing between families of rampage offenders and the families of their victims. In this work, Diamond draws on “a distinct difference in how some American Indian communities treat rampage killers and their families” to ask what the Western justice system might learn about restorative justice from other traditions.
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