CJA/540 Criminological Theory
October 13, 2011
Facilitator David Mailloux
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He was lucky to survive as others in similar situations were not as lucky. Another hate crime occurred later on that September against Abdo Ali Ahmed who also owned a convenient store which was located in California. Ahmed was shot to death as he stood behind his store counter. Ahmed had actually been warned of this hate crime with a note on his windshield stating that he would be killed but chose to ignore the threat (Hanson, 2010). In 2002 the FBI conducted a study that had shown the number of hate crimes against Arabs and Muslims had increased from 28 in 2000 to 481 in 2002. That is a 1600% increase over two years. Though most of these incidents were not directed at Muslims, nearly all of them were directed at Arabs. With statistics such as this, it is impossible to deny the fact that Arabs in the United States will more than likely become victims of hate crimes over any other race or religion (ghazali.net 2010).
How are we able to take control of such a situation and assist the victims and the communities when such acts of violence occur? The simple answer to this question is restorative justice. Restorative justice is a balance between the victims of the crimes, the offenders of the crimes and the community in which these crimes happen. Some examples of restorative justice in a community are victim-offender mediation, community decision-making, restorative community service (if any damage caused to property during