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Calling a circle....
from John Gehm's entry on Restore: What does it mean when we say, “We’re calling a circle?” In the context of restorative practices I take it to mean that we are clearing a space where community can enter. It may or it may not choose to do so. But sitting in circle is the best we’ve got to silence the din and distraction of daily life and risk finding out that beneath whatever differences we may have on the surface we are connected deeply by what we have in common. Authentic community is rare and it is safe. It is the opposite of that place we mostly inhabit filled with masks, anxiety, invisibility, power and imbalance. Circles done well open a place for empathy, respect, empowerment, and direct communication for authentic ‘human being.’ Restorative circles are used for sentencing, for reconciliation, for healing, for celebration, for talking and for educating.
Located in Restorative Justice Online Blog -- RJOB
Chilean delegation learns about the “Safe Streets” program and participates in a circle
from Lisa J. Laplante's entry on the Marquette University Law School Faculty Blog: In the afternoon, we were joined by Distinguished Professor and Director of the MULS Restorative Justice Initiative, Janine Geske and headed to the South Side of Milwaukee in an MU athletic van. At the Kosciusko Community Center, we met with Paulina de Haan, co-coordinator of the Safe Streets Program, who had convened a circle of community members: parole officers, offenders who recently finished their prison terms, and policemen.
Located in Restorative Justice Online Blog -- RJOB
Circles for sex offenders first in the South
from the article by Dawn Baumgartner Vaughan in the Herald-Sun: Durham is starting the first Circles of Safety and Accountability in the South for sex offenders getting out of prison. COSA will match recently released sex offenders in Durham with a circle of people who will meet with them weekly to hold them accountable and support them in re-entering the community. Durham County is home to about 300 convicted sex offenders.
Located in Restorative Justice Online Blog -- RJOB
File Lilles, Heino. Yukon sentencing circles and elder panels
Aboriginal people experience rates of incarceration in Canada disproportionately high in relation to the percentage of the total population they constitute. Many feel that the current criminal justice system in Canada is a significant part of the problem rather than part of the solution.
Located in Full-Text Documents at RJ Online
File McCold, Paul. Overview of mediation, conferencing, and circles
McCold begins his overview of certain restorative justice processes by presenting a typology of restorative justice practices – a typology oriented around the inclusion of the victim, the offender, and their “communities of care.”
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File Schechtman, Lisa. Applications of Peacemaking Circles in Meeting the Mental Health Needs of Torture Survivors
Although restorative justice is based in very old traditional practices, its widespread use in the modern criminal justice system is a relatively recent phenomenon, as is described in further detail in Chapter 4. Restorative justice is increasingly a topic of serious research and its practice is now more common than even a decade earlier. However, sub-practices of restorative justice— particularly Peacemaking Circles, the topic of this paper—in mental health settings and research into applications thereof are apparently rare and quite limited. As such, the work contained herein is highly theoretical, combining a substantial literature review with limited primary research designed to assist in the proposal of applications of Peacemaking Circles to the mental health of torture survivors and other survivors of human rights violations.
Located in Full-Text Documents at RJ Online
File Menzel, Kenneth. Circle Sentencing as a Shaming Sanction
At its heart, circle sentencing is a form of shaming. In the presence of the victim of her crime, her peers, and the community at large, an offender must own up to the wrongful conduct in which she engaged. By personally publicizing her criminal act, an offender can expect to feel markedly embarrassed, decidedly shaken, and wholeheartedly regretful. Thus, instilling shame upon the offender is a major purpose of circle sentencing. At the same time, however, the shame instilled upon the offender lasts no longer than the length of that particular circle sentencing episode. By virtue of the personalized nature of the sentence, the legitimacy of the sentence giver, and the atmosphere conducive to apology, the offender is reincorporated back into the community without any lingering badge of dishonor. Simply put, the shame placed upon the offender, while great, is also finite and is ultimately lifted in favor of community reintegration.
Located in Full-Text Documents at RJ Online
How key elements of a Restorative Justice Peacemaking Circle create more than conversation.
From the article by Kris Miner on Restorative Justice and Circles: Circles are so simple, yet so complex. I’ve been told I make it look easy, that ease comes from a deep committment to honor the process and the key elements of Restorative Justice Circles. Here are a few of the elements and how utilizing them impacts the process, creating a deeper container a richer experience, and has people quickly moving to a place of emotional safety.
Located in Restorative Justice Online Blog -- RJOB
Restorative justice: New approaches in Brazil
by luigimorelli on the blog A Revolution of Hope: Today, most of the deaths of Brazilian adolescents are caused by gang-related murders. To counteract gangs’ advanced organization police repression looks more and more like guerrilla. However, the government is realizing that a strictly adversarial approach is not going to advance a resolution. In the mid-1990s, Dominic Barter began working with favela residents, including drug gang members, to help them strengthen nonviolent options for working with young people. “I saw violence as a monologue,” said Barter, referring to both gang activity and its repression, “I wanted to create a dialogue.”
Located in Restorative Justice Online Blog -- RJOB
The purpose of ‘kooky’ in restorative justice circles
from Kris Miner's blog Restorative Justice and Circles: People that participate in Circles with me, become really honest about what they thought at first. This honest testimony about what people thought about a Circle at first, and what they think now is an endorsement for the process. The most recent description like this used the term ” kooky“. It’s been mentioned that they seemed wierd. One advocate says that when I first described it he thought it was for little kids. Now he tells people how effective the Circle is. He participates strongly and completely in every Circle we have done together, from college classes, to residential treatment programs, half-way houses and underage consumption panels.
Located in Restorative Justice Online Blog -- RJOB