Victim-Offender Dialogue at San Quentin Prison

In 1990, a man by the name of Kairi was arrested and convicted of first-degree murder. He was subsequently sentenced to serve 26 years in California’s San Quentin prison. Twenty-three years later the San Quentin Radio Project spoke with Kairi about his experience in the prison’s restorative justice program which brings victim and offender together for a healing dialogue. After meeting with the sister of the man he had murdered, Kairi commented, “I wasn’t aware of the impact that I was causing to her family. Not just to her family, but the community at large. So when you sit across from someone that you’ve harmed, you’re going to hear from them personally what that affect was and how that affected their lives…”.

This powerful interview can be heard in its entirety here

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