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Full Implementation of Referral Orders in England and Wales
As of April 2002, Courts in England and Wales now have a new disposal option for young offenders pleading guilty or convicted of first offenses. Originally set forth in the 1999 Youth Justice and Criminal Evidence Act, the referral order scheme underwent an 18-month evaluation of 11 pilot projects between March 2000 and August 2001.
Located in Previous Editions / 2002 / May 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
Japan and Restorative Practices
The emphasis on apology and forgiveness in Japanese society has led many commentators, such as John O. Haley, to point to Japan as an example of how restorative justice can affect crime and society. Despite this prominence of apology and forgiveness in explaining lower crime rates in Japan, these mechanisms have remained informal and tend to be offender focused. Recent activities seek to change this reality.
Located in Previous Editions / 2002 / September 2002 Edition
Developing Holistic Approaches in Singapore.
Joseph Ozawa is the Senior Director of the Family and Juvenile Justice Centre (FJJC) of the Subordinate Courts of Singapore. He is active in FJJC’s development of restorative and holistic practices. In this article, he describes three programs now in use in Singapore and relates how the format is important in the Asian context.
Located in Previous Editions / 2003 / February 2003 Edition
Restorative Justice In Russia
De Montfort University (DMU) in Leicester, England, has been commissioned to assist with the development of restorative justice practice in the Russian Federation by the British Government’s Department for International Development (DFID). Working in partnership with The Center for Legal and Judicial Reform (CLJR), a Moscow based NGO, the project team will be developing a number of pilot sites for the establishment of effective practice in diverting young offenders from the criminal justice system. This article was written by Divender Curry of De Montfort University.
Located in Previous Editions / 2003 / May 2003 Edition
Responding to Juvenile Crime in Thailand
Families and victims to get their say and Families are to get rehab role are two headlines appearing in the Bangkok Post in June. The articles refer to an announcement by the Juvenile Observation and Protection Department of its plans to institute family group conferencing with juvenile offenders beginning July 1. The Department hopes to lower the number of juveniles held in detention centres through this programme.
Located in Previous Editions / 2003 / August 2003 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
Restorative Justice in Action: Valuing Offenders and Victims
Mark Creitzman, a project coordinator for the Enfield Youth Offending Team, describes programmes for both young offenders and victims.
Located in Previous Editions / 2004 / March 2004 Edition
New Court for Aboriginal Youth
In late 2004, new legislation created a Children’s Koori Court in the Australian state of Victoria. The Children and Young Persons (Koori Court) Act 2004 augments 1989 legislation, which established specialized Children’s courts. With this new initiative, the government is attempting to create a less formal, more culturally relevant justice experience for young aboriginal offenders, their families, and community.
Located in Previous Editions / 2005 / February 2005 Edition
Restorative Justice in Thailand: Lessons Learned
The Thai government began experimenting with restorative practices in 2003 with the implementation of family group conferences for juvenile offenders. In 2004, the probation services began a pilot project using restorative justice in 11 probation offices. Angkana Boonsit from the Thai probation Department shares her experiences and lessons learned in implementing restorative justice in Thai cultural setting. This speech was originally given at the at the ‘Restorative Justice in Emerging Countries’ ancillary session at the 11th United Nations Congress on Crime Prevention and Criminal Justice.
Located in Previous Editions / 2005 / July 2005 Edition