Jonathan Meikle and his friend Matthew Shorting were on a Winnipeg City bus in
November of 2018, when they found themselves in a dangerous situation. A young man
named Devon Henderson was wielding a knife and threatening passengers. Meikle and
Shorting were declared heroes for getting Mr. Henderson off the bus and holding him
until he was arrested. The story, however, doesn’t end there. While Devon was in prison
serving his sentence for assault, he got an unexpected visitor. Believing strongly in the
powers of restorative justice, Jonathan decided he was not only going to meet his
attacker but also offer him help when he got out of prison. According to Unicef,
restorative justice, ‘’is a way of responding to criminal behaviour which emphasizes
repairing the harm caused by the crime and ‘restoring’ harmony as much as possible
between o ender, victim/survivor and society.’’ Today, Jonathan runs the Strength in the
Circle program, which helps young men who have struggled. He and Devon have become
family and are working hard to help other men turn their backs on violence.
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