Sunday Times (London), January 25, 2004.
I recently interviewed Una Padel, director of the Centre for Crime and Justice Studies, a research foundation that advocates alternatives to prison and restorative justice. A fortnight before we talked, her 13-year-old daughter had been mugged.
If the muggers could be brought to account (they cannot, even though the daughter knows who they are), what would Padel have in mind for them? True to her principles, she does not want the muggers jailed.
“I remain angry with them, but I don’t want anything horrible to happen to them,” she said. “I want them to stop robbing people, that’s the bottom line . . . In an ideal world I would like them to be made aware of the impact they’ve actually had on my daughter and, ideally, apologise.”