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Community Service in Uganda
On November 6th 2001, the Deputy Chief Justice of Uganda announced the official implementation of Community Service orders in Uganda. The announcement marked the culmination of several years of development and preparation. Originally intended to lower prison populations and provide more humane treatment for offenders, the new policies provide space for participation by victims and the community, while creating room for the growing use of restorative process.
Located in Previous Editions / 2002 / April 2002 Edition
Striving for Restorative Justice in the Czech Republic
The Association for Development of Social Work in Criminal Justice (SPJ) is an NGO in the Czech Republic working for criminal justice reform. The group has worked in developing mediation, probation, and community service. This article about their activities was written by Ludmila Hasmanová.
Located in Previous Editions / 2002 / September 2002 Edition
RJ Article Thomas, Douglas and Hunninen, Mary. Making things right: Meaningful community service for juvenile offenders.
Community service is a common strategy used by juvenile courts and probation departments as part of their strategies for dealing with juvenile offenders. In this bulletin, the position is taken that community service is an important and valuable tool and that meaningful community service can go a long way toward increasing offender accountability, restoring victims, reconnecting youth and community, and making things right again. Community service should be of value to the community and benefit the person providing the service. In the case of community service that is mandated by courts, it should address the harm that was incurred by the delinquent or criminal activity, and wherever possible should restore victims in some tangible ways and offer redemptive opportunities for offenders. The bulletin defines and describes community service, makes a distinction between voluntary community service and mandated community service, and addresses the effectiveness of community service highlighting the community service of three counties (Clark County, WA; Deschutes County, OR; and Lehigh County, PA), illustrating the meaningful application of mandated community service. Tips presented in the development of meaningful community service include, but are not limited to creative community service, restorative community service, involve the community, meaningful community service requires preparation, and celebrate achievements. (abstract courtesy of the National Criminal Justice Reference Service, www.ncjrs.gov).
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RJ Article Wood, William R.. Correcting community service: From work crews to community work in a juvenile court.
In 2001, the Clark County Juvenile Court in Washington State implemented the use of “restorative community service” (RCS) as part of its larger adoption of a restorative justice framework. This paper explores the court’s implementation and use of RCS, including: (1) the types of institutional changes made by the court in its development of RCS, (2) the types and qualities of social interactions observed by the researcher through participant observation at several RCS sites, (3) the practical implications of these findings for proponents of restorative justice in the use of community service in youth settings, and (4) the theoretical implications of these findings for sociological and criminological research on community service. (excerpt)
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File Deputy Chief Justice Of Uganda. National Community Service Committee
Community service is part of penal reform in this country, which will ultimately contribute to the improvement of the rule of law in the country. The decision to include community service among punishments for offences in the crime was taken for various reasons.
Located in Full-Text Documents at RJ Online
File National Community Service Committee . Workshop Report for the National Community Service Programme
A workshop to review the National Community Service Project document covering the pilot phase was held on December 17-18, 2001 at the Jokas Hotel near Kampala.
Located in Full-Text Documents at RJ Online
File National Community Service Committee. Community Service Programme: An Update National Community Service Committee.
This document provides an overview of the efforts to establish the use of community service orders in Uganda.
Located in Full-Text Documents at RJ Online
Wishaw restorative justice scheme wins praise
from Graham Miller's article in Wishaw Press: A Wishaw restorative justice project has received an accolade at the first Scottish Community Service Awards held recently in Glasgow. The market garden project, which is based on farmland in Netherton, was commended in the skills building category. It has been running for four years and was the brainchild of community service works supervisor Bobby Campbell. It teaches offenders skills including team work, hard landscaping, working machinery and learning all aspects of growing fruit and vegetables, as well as good life-changing skills.
Located in Restorative Justice Online Blog -- RJOB
Memorial plaque to victims of IRA bombing in Warrington is back on Bridge Street
from the article on This Is Cheshire: A plaque put up to mark the Warrington bombings has been returned to the River of Life memorial on Bridge Street. The plaque, which was damaged and stolen earlier in the year, has been recovered and returned. It forms part of the River of Life which remembers the victims of the IRA bombings in 1993.
Located in Restorative Justice Online Blog -- RJOB
Footpaths to pathways
Tony Mulder is the Police Commissioner/Alderman of Bellerive, Tasmania, Australia. He writes in his blog: Alderman Tony Mulder has called for a change to Community Service Orders (CSO) for young offenders. Alderman Mulder’s call was prompted by his apprehension of two youths in the act of vandalising the bus shelter near Rosny College on Sunday night. “I’ve given the matter some thought”, Ald Mulder said “and current CSO tasks like painting out graffiti do not provide a pathway toward social re-engagement.” Instead, Ald Mulder suggests compulsory attendance at a pre-apprenticeship TAFE course. “If they don’t engage, it is no different to a CSO, but if they commit, they gain a pre-apprenticeship qualification and important employment and life skills.”
Located in Restorative Justice Online Blog -- RJOB