Doyeon Kim

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Involuntary manslaughter is distinguishable from other types of murder by the perpetrator’s lack of intent to kill. This lack of intent suggests that restorative justice programs, specifically victim-offender mediation, may be a better alternative compared to the traditional adversarial criminal justice system because offenders can express their remorse and victims can receive closure through a facilitated dialogue. Limiting the scope of remedies in criminal proceedings to incarceration has led to serious financial and societal ramifications, as well as harmful psychological and emotional repercussions by failing to address the underlying lasting impacts of crime on victims, offenders, loved ones, and the community at large. Therefore, it is imperative the criminal justice system improves how cases of involuntary manslaughter are processed by implementing victim-offender mediation as a more tailored means to achieving justice.