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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
Considering Restorative Interventions in Sentencing
New Zealand's Sentencing Act of 2002 incorporated restorative justice language in its sentencing provisions. Judges are now required to consider the results of a restorative process in sentencing decisions. Judge Stan A. Thorburn of the District Court in Auckland applies these provisions to a case of aggravated robbery.
Located in Previous Editions / 2004 / October 2004 Edition
A Survey of 10 Years of New Zealand Court Cases on Restorative Justice
This paper by Judge Stan Thorburn offers a brief account of the development of restorative justice in the Courts of New Zealand since it has been practised over the past 10 years. In particular, it examines a selection of court decisions and identifies significant principles emerging from them. Finally, it compares those to legislation, in particular the Sentencing Act 2002.
Located in Previous Editions / 2006 / February 2006 Edition
Restorative Justice in Sentencing: South Africa
In a recent sentencing decision in a murder case, Judge E. Bertelsmann of the High Court of South Africa wrote of the importance of restorative justice in the South Africa context. The full decision is presented here with a downloadable version attached.
Located in Previous Editions / 2006 / October 2006 Edition
Cuzzo, Maria Stalzer Wyant. The Code of the Peaceful Warrior: A Restorative Justice Response to Recent Events
Following the terrorist attacks of 11 September 2001 in the United States, some asked Maria Cuzzo (lawyer, teacher, and practitioner of mediation and conflict resolution) about the possibilities of a mediation or restorative justice response to the events.
Located in Full-Text Documents at RJ Online
D.A. candidate Jackie Lacey looks to move up
from the article by Robert Greene in the Los Angeles Times: ....California faces a sweeping revamp of the way it delivers and administers criminal justice. Under the policy change known as realignment, counties must take on the task of incarcerating and supervising many felons who formerly went to state prison. The next district attorney of Los Angeles County will play a lead role in developing and articulating policies that will determine whether smart, cost-effective alternative sentencing practices lead to rehabilitation — or instead to dangerous criminals being released, unsupervised, into the community.
Located in Restorative Justice Online Blog -- RJOB
RJ Article Penal Reform International. Rapport de la Recherche sur la Gacaca – PRI
The introduction of the Gacaca jurisdictions is generally considered to be the major element in efforts to date to achieve national reconciliation and justice in Rwanda following the 1994 genocide. The enormity of the challenge faced by the national government in resolving the cases of thousands of individuals charged with offences related to crimes of genocide or against humanity, during a period when the country is struggling to re-establish economic and social normality inside Rwanda and peace in the whole region, cannot be underestimated. The purpose of this report, produced by the PRI team at Kigali, is to inform and advise the planning and practice of the Rwandan authorities charged with this responsibility and also provide the international community with the data necessary for them to gauge progress and developments in Gacaca programme activities. (publisher's abstract)
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RJ Article Penal Reform International. Research Report on the Gacaca
During 2003 in Rwanda, a Presidential Decree ordered the provisional release of some categories of detainees. Around 22,000 persons were released from prison at the time. Their reintegration was achieved in two stages: first they spent some time in solidarity camps, and then they returned to the hills. To help prepare for the new releases being announced for the coming months, this report examines the conditions in which these two stages took place. (publisher's abstract)
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RJ Article Penal Reform International. Integrated Report on Gacaca Research and Monitoring
The goal of the research program conducted by PRI on the Gacaca jurisdictions in Rwanda since April of 2001 has been to provide objective data to the national authorities in charge of the process -initially the 6th Chamber of the Supreme Court and now the National Service of the Gacaca Jurisdictions- in an effort to support the design and implementation of these jurisdictions. (excerpt)
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RJ Article Penal Reform International. Monitoring and Research Report on the Gacaca
This report explores the challenges faced by the Rwandan national authorities during the information gathering phase of the Gacaca process. (publisher's abstract)
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