Crew, 39, did not respond to the interview request.
“Official Roux claimed she didn’t intend to shoot Ashley Hall,” her lawyer, Travis Noble, said in a statement. “It was an accident. The restorative justice approach adopted by the St. Louis County Public Prosecutor’s Office was the best result for everyone involved.”
Bell, a St. Louis County prosecutor, said the case “presented a unique set of facts” that provided an ideal opportunity for restorative justice mediation. He emphasized Mr. Crew’s immediate apology after firing a bullet on Mr. Hall’s back and Mr. Hall’s disclosure to him that he did not want to see him go to jail.
Shortly after the shooting, Mr. Bell contacted the Restorative Justice Program in Washington, DC. The program was founded in 2017 by the City Attorney General Karl A. Racine. Seema Gajwani, who heads the program, has agreed to facilitate moderation between Mr. Hall. And the crew.
“This is an example of achieving the ideals of healing and justice,” Bell said in an interview. “The trauma that an individual has to deal with during legal proceedings often does not deal with its cure, its type of accountability, and is not designed to do so.”
In an interview, Gaziwani said the criminal justice system leaves little room for people to “solve problems and have the opportunity to speak on their own.” She said she was often surprised at how often victims chose restorative justice, rather than trials, when it became available.
According to Racine’s office, Washington’s Restorative Justice program has conducted more than 150 mediations, and internal analysis of cases involving juvenile delinquents has shown that this process reduces recidivism.
Restorative justice programs are proliferating not only in major metropolitan areas, but across the country, said Alyssa Marque Heidari, deputy director of the Institute for Prosecution Innovation at John Jay Criminal Justice University.