A conversation with Dr. T. Richard Snyder about the inspiring work of restorative justice. This approach brings together the victim, the offender and the community of people affected by a crime in order to find solutions that not only work to repair the damage, but build healing for all the parties involved. Hear how a profoundly different approach to corrections, built on the example of South Africa’s Truth and Reconciliation Commission, actually reduces recidivism and builds community.
This episode features two conversations with people involved in the hospice program within the state prison in Warren, Maine. First we speak with the program’s founder, Kandyce Powell, executive director of the Maine Hospice Council. Kandyce talks about the genesis of the prison’s hospice program, her motivation for starting it, and the difference it has made in the lives of the men who die in prison, as well in the lives of the prisoners who volunteer to provide them care. In the second half of the episode we hear from one of those inmates, Bobby Payzant, who has been part of the program for more than two years. He talks about why he is incarcerated, and how he became interested in joining the hospice program. He also reveals that the hospice volunteers have formed a band called The Sounds of Comfort, and we close the episode with one of their songs.