Sasha finally receives Richard’s letters in January 2015. Sasha, Karl, and Debbie all appreciate his apologies, but they wish that they had seen the letters earlier. “It would’ve made a difference,” Debbie says. “I would have been more engaged in what was going on with Richard.” If she had known about the letters sooner, Debbie would have given a different “victim impact speech,” Slater writes.
Again, restorative justice would have ensured that Debbie knew of Richard’s true feelings much sooner, and in this way, the justice system does Sasha and their family more harm than good. Had Richard been able to apologize sooner, much pain, energy, and resources could have been saved.