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An alternative to suspension and expulsion: 'Circle up!'
from the story by Eric Westervelt on NPR: Oakland Unified, one of California's largest districts, has been a national leader in expanding restorative justice. The district is one-third African-American and more than 70 percent low-income. The program was expanded after a federal civil rights agreement in 2012 to reduce school discipline inequity for African-American students. At Edna Brewer Middle School, the fact that students are taking the lead — that so many want to be part of this effort — shows that it's starting to take root. "Instead of throwing a punch, they're asking for a circle, they're backing off and asking to mediate it peacefully with words," says Ta-Biti Gibson, the school's restorative justice co-director. "And that's a great thing."
Located in Restorative Justice Online Blog -- RJOB
Local Community Innovations: Transformation House
This private, non-profit organization in Kentucky serves homicide survivors and convicted murderers. When both parties desire it, Transformation House brings together death row inmates with the survivors of their victim. Meet the committed woman who started this innovative program.
Located in Previous Editions / 2001 / September 2001 Edition
Minnesota State Supreme Court Upholds Use of Sentencing Circles
A January 2002 Minnesota Supreme Court decision reinforced the purpose and decision-making authority of sentencing-circles. The case questioned whether a circle could include a stay of adjudication as a part of sentencing recommendations.
Located in Previous Editions / 2002 / February 2002 Edition
Restorative Justice in New Orleans.
Turning Point Partners is a restorative justice initiative in New Orleans, Louisiana. The group, led by Lou Furman and Jean Handley, has developed programs for the youth court, juvenile institutions, and a local charter school. Turning Point Partners sees restorative justice as a tool for teaching the skills and values needed for creating healthy and safe communities. This article about their program below was written by Lou Furman.
Located in Previous Editions / 2002 / July 2002 Edition
Using the Internet to Help Victims and Offenders Heal
OASIS -- Offender Accountability Synergistic Interaction Service -- uses the Internet to educate victims and community about restorative justice, to provide a safe place for victims express the impact of crime, and to allow offenders offer to make amends with their victim and community.
Located in Previous Editions / 2002 / October 2002 Edition
The Jeanette Community Justice Project.
The Jeanette Community Justice Project grew out of a decision by the Westmoreland County Juvenile Probation Balanced and Restorative Justice Team’s Public Relations Sub-Committee to implement the philosophy of Balanced and Restorative Justice (BARJ) in a single community. Marjorie Bing Stanislaw, the committee chairperson, provides this description of their efforts.
Located in Previous Editions / 2003 / September 2003 Edition
The Rise and Fall of Restorative Justice on Boulder’s University Hill
Thomas Russell provides background to the initiation and decline of a restorative justice programme in Boulder, Colorado. His description provides lessons for restorative justice implementation.
Located in Previous Editions / 2004 / February 2004 Edition
Truth and Reconciliation in Greensboro
Truth and Reconciliation Commissions have been convened to address human rights atrocities in several countries. The commissions document what happened and the harms that resulted, and when they work well, they point the way toward reconciliation. One community in the United States, Greensboro, North Carolina, is using this model to address the continuing effects of killings that took place during a 1979 civil rights rally. In this article, Joya Wesley, a freelance journalist working with the Greensboro Truth and Community Reconciliation Project (GTCRP) describes the work of the project.
Located in Previous Editions / 2004 / December 2004 Edition
Dialogue Project Breaks New Ground
Stop It Now! is a non-profit organization whose purpose is to create a public health response to child sexual abuse. Organized in 1992, it develops public policy, research and public education programmes. One programme brings survivors of child sexual abuse and recovering offenders together to talk about the impact of child sexual abuse. Joan Tabachnick, the director of public education for Stop It Now! describes the dialogue programme.
Located in Previous Editions / 2005 / April 2005 Edition
Marquette University Law School Kicks Off Restorative Justice Initiative.
In 2004, the Marquette University Law School augmented its Dispute Resolution Programme by creating a restorative justice initiative. This new programme seeks to "serve as a resource for victims, communities, and restorative justice organizations, as a restorative justice clinical experience for law students, and as a program promoting scholarship, research, and dialogue on restorative justice." Kyle Leighton, a programme assistant for the initiative, and Janine Geske, Former Wisconsin Supreme Court Justice and Distinguished Professor of Law, offer a description of the Restorative Justice Initiative and the inaugural events.
Located in Previous Editions / 2005 / May 2005 Edition