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This web site provides a description, the table of contents of and easy access to the key elements of the nonpartisan of SDG Target Actiom Plan #30 Humanely and Privately (not Secretly) Investigate, Negotiate with and/or if Necessary Prosecute Lawbreakers with Timely Restitution for Victims, Rehabilitation for Lawbreakers and Reconciliation and Restorative Justice Opportunities for Both. It should be implemented in coordination with the Massive Global Movement and Universal Strategic Plan for a Permanently Peaceful, Prosperous, Just, Sustainable World (MGM&USP), described at www.PeopleNow.org.
Action Plan #30 provides principles, strategies, procedures and sample documents to initiate and follow through with humane, private (not secret) investigations, negotiations and/or prosecutions along with victim's statement of demand, impact statement, tort claim and/or disgorgement action against alleged lawbreakers including certain senior civil and military officials, legislators, judges, private sector executives and other individuals who have allegedly violated the law.
Action Plan #30 proposes to replace punishment, confinement and retribution with timely restitution, restorative justice, reconciliation and rehabilitative principles and practices advocated in the Plan to Humanely Reform Criminal Justice and Prisons Using Timely Restitution, Truth and Reconciliation, Restorative Justice and Rehabilitation and Eliminating Punishment for all Crimes and Confinement for Nonviolent Crimes (National Policy/Action Plan #29) described at www.HumaneJustice.org. It is recommended both these plans be refined and their primary features ultimately be employed in state, federal and international criminal investigations and prosecutions.
Principles of SDG Target Action Plan #30 include:
- All victims of crimes should be taken care of
immediately by the government and NGOs as appropriate and receive timely
restitution from the lawbreaker
- Objectives of the criminal justice system include
protecting individuals and their property from lawbreakers, preventing
crimes, restitution for victims of crimes and rehabilitating law
- Crimes result from the failure of both the individual not being responsible for his actions and the public and private sectors not ensuring that all individuals have an adequate education, employment opportunities, affordable necessities of life, in particular emotional healthcare.
- By utilizing a humane private (not secret) criminal
and victim's statement of demand or tort claim for damages
- Using punishment, confinement, detention and public
shaming do not work, are counterproductive to rehabilitation, damage the
ability of the lawbreaker to pay restitution and should not be
- Lawbreakers who are a threat to society or to themselves
"should be kept under supervision and treated with dignity and
respect" as stated by Clarence Darrow
- Lawbreakers should be encouraged and led to stay
busy, be responsible for their actions, be contrite and pay restitution
to their victims
This plan and the Plan to Reform Criminal Justice and Prisons Use Restorative Justice, Restitution, Reconciliation and Rehabilitation and Eliminate Punishment and Retribution will be refined and their primary features ultimately employed in state, federal and international criminal investigations and prosecutions.
The below Table of Contents provides an outline of Action Plan #30. Each item in the plan can be accessed by clicking on it.
Table of Contents of the Plan to Humanely and
Privately Investigate, Negotiate With and/or Prosecute Lawbreakers
Objectives of Action Plan #30 Include:
- Ensure the public is
protected from criminal acts by keeping those who commit criminal acts
under supervision and doing meaningful work until they are fully
Ensure local, state, and federal government officials do a better
job of preventing crimes and enforcing the law in particular against
senior public and private sector officials
- Helping perpetrators of crimes better understand the
damage, suffering, misery and other impacts of their crimes on their victims,
their victims' families and communities and their own family and community
- Encourage/convince them to provide appropriate
restitution to victims, be apologetic, contrite and mend their ways
- Ensuring the victims of crimes receive timely restitution,
reparations and/or disgorgement including having factories and land
turned over to workers who have been exploited and their rights violated
- Ensuring perpetrators of crimes are rapidly
rehabilitated and remain/become productive members of society
- Ensuring the fair enforcement of the rule of law and equal justice for all
We believe the best way meet these objectives include to:
- Recognize that punishment, criticizing in public, and
shaming in general do not work and if used may interfere with and slow restorative
justice and rehabilitation processes
Keep the criminal complaint sealed/private during the 90 or so days that the criminal indictment that goes before a grand jury is prepared. During this time, the accused will:
- Read and study the criminal complaint(s) and
victim impact statement(s) against him and gain an understanding of
the duress and horrors he has allegedly caused
- Engage in self-study and in group discussions
- Read and study the criminal complaint(s) and victim impact statement(s) against him and gain an understanding of the duress and horrors he has allegedly caused
- Be afforded the opportunity without admitting guilt to begin a rehabilitation program, be contrite, pay significant restitution,
apologize, and reconcile with his victims
- Be allowed to agree a deferred prosecution agreement or an "Alford’s plea", if he is not a threat to society and depending on his mind set
- Builds on the past and ongoing efforts of other public
and private sector organizations and individuals working on prosecutions,
civil law suits, and disgorgements.
- Supplies a framework for those interested to list additional ideas, problems and solutions and to work with others to accomplish the solutions.
Today we have very lenient, almost nonexistent criminal justice for senior public and private sector officials and harsh criminal justice for the poor and lower middle class who cannot afford expensive attorneys. Whether or not individuals go to prison usually depends upon whether or not he or she can afford an expensive attorney who knows the judge.
Numerous official reports, books and articles describe the horrors, wastefulness and illegality of U.S. wars, assassinations, drone attacks, torture and abuse of detainees, spying, and massive financial crimes.
Charles Ferguson, Director of the Oscar winning documentary “Inside Job” and Author of “Predator Nation,” in a Huffington Post Article, describes the ingrained criminality of the financial sector:
It is no exaggeration to say that since the 1980s, much of the American (and global) financial sector has become criminalized, creating an industry culture that tolerates or even encourages systematic fraud. The behavior that caused the mortgage bubble and financial crisis was a natural outcome and continuation of this pattern, rather than some kind of economic accident.
Nader, Ralph in his book The Seventeen Solutions, states:
"because of corporate crime: … roughly 60,000 Americans die from workplace related diseases and trauma, 70,000 from air pollution, 100,000 from hospital negligence … another 100,000 from hospital induced infections … 45,000 because they cannot afford health insurance … these fatalities are preventable … the only way to stop them is to arrest the march of corporate crime” – Nader, Ralph, The Seventeen Solutions, page 160, HarperCollins Publisher Inc. New York, NY, 2012.
Yet, after untold years of these atrocities and despite hundreds of thousands of petitions, phone calls, emails demonstrations and “occupations”, not one high-ranking official that authorized and planned these illegal acts has been indicted and not one survivor of U.S. torture has succeeded in holding these officials accountable in a U.S. court for torture. (Costello, Colleen, Indefensible: A Reference for Prosecuting Torture and Other Felonies, Human Rights USA, January 2012. http://www.humaneprosecutions.org/indefensible_a_reference_for_prosecuting_torture.pdf)
Not only has the government not prosecuted any high level officials, it is subsidizing crimes and paying the banks for most foreclosures even if robo-signing was used and the foreclosure was illegal.
The supposed $26 billion settlement between the banks and federal government and 49 state attorney generals to address the banks criminal fraud, robo-signing and changing income and job history on mortgage applications without the applicant's knowledge actually became "mostly a bailout for large banks."
Refining and executing this plan and the rest of the Massive Global Movement and Universal Strategic Plan for a Peaceful, Prosperous, Just, Sustainable World will turn all this around.
A U.S. Attorney or local district attorney is required to obtain a grand jury indictment. Under the current top leadership, that is unlikely to happen. Since anyone with probable cause can go before a magistrate, magistrate judge or judge and swear out a criminal complaint, the initial approach will be to prepare affidavits in support of criminal complaints as outlined in Section V. C. Prepare Documentation for Filing Criminal Complaints.
The proposed approach includes getting to know the prosecutors and investigators as outlined in Section V. D. Liaison with Investigators/Prosecutors and Special Counsel If and When One Is Appointed. As you get to know them, discuss humane justice with them and get them to understand the damage that has been caused by not having a rule of law and allowing corporations to run the government. Provide them samples of proposed criminal complaints and affidavits that show probable cause and victim impact statements with John Does in place of actual names.
Interested organizations and individuals are requested to work together, help form an advisory board for this plan, and add everything that needs to be done to it. Recommendations are welcomed can be made and items added by emailing RefinethePlan@peoplenow.org or by faxing 703-521-0849.