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Nelson Police Department rolls out innovative restorative justice program
From the article in the Boundary Sentinel: The Nelson Police Department is advocating for the introduction of a Restorative Justice program as an option to laying criminal charges when a crime has been committed.
Located in Restorative Justice Online Blog -- RJOB
RJ Article . An exploration of the role of leadership in restorative policing in England and Wales.
This chapter explores the role of leadership in restorative policing in England and Wales and the impact of the external criminal justice policy environment on attempts to embed restorative approaches into police practice. It is clear that certain aspects of restorative justice chime with long-standing values in police culture, not least the emphasis on common-sense decision-making and the removal of unnecessary bureaucracy advocated by a focus on informal resolution. Yet, we argue that restorative policing cannot work where these ideas are placed solely in individual programmes. Instead, a clear vision needs to be articulated by police leaders with subsequent programmes being built around this overarching philosophy of ‘restorative policing’ that encourages leadership to ‘bubble up’ from below. (author's abstract)
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Restorative Justice Innovations by the Thames Valley Police Force
The Thames Valley Police Force has led the movement toward restorative justice in the United Kingdom by shifting to a problem-solving paradigm.
Located in Previous Editions / 2001 / November 2001 Edition
Introducing Restorative Justice to the Police Complaints System: Close Encounters of the Rare Kind.
Researchers at the Centre for Criminological Research at the University of Oxford have recently completed some research into applying Restorative Justice to the Police Complaints system in a UK police force. The report was written by By Roderick Hill, Karen Cooper, Carolyn Hoyle and Richard Young. Below is a brief description of the report.
Located in Previous Editions / 2003 / April 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
Pranis, Kay. Building support for community justice: Principles and strategies
Declaring that the current criminal justice system is in crisis, Pranis advances the potential of restorative justice theory and practice as a comprehensive alternative.
Located in Full-Text Documents at RJ Online
Child Justice Act undercut from within
from the article by Don Pinnock in the Mail & Guardian Online: Even before it began the rocky climb through the parliamentary process, the Child Justice Bill was considered to be internationally path-breaking legislation. It was born in the euphoria of the early 1990s in a country where youth had been considered politically lethal, whipping was a sentence, imprisonment the standard response to wrongdoing and torture considered a legitimate interrogation method. The new legislation sought to provide restorative justice by diverting child offenders from this punitive justice system and keeping them out of prisons, which simply hardened criminality. It devised ways to work with offenders and victims to restore harmony in the community where the crime took place. Punishment would be tailored to the crime and dealt in a way that maintained the self-respect of the offender as well as the approval of both community and victim.
Located in Restorative Justice Online Blog -- RJOB
RJ Article Stevens, Chris. Becoming a "fully Restorative Youth Justice Service": Restorative justice in Surrey.
So what do we mean by ‘fully restorative service’? We think the answer lies in our endeavour to put restorative values at the heart of all of our relationships and practices within the youth justice system, so that the restorative justice agenda moves beyond interest in ‘victims’ and ‘offenders’ and what we might do to heal and repair when things go wrong, it furthers application of restorative approaches in the ways that we manage relationships between ourselves as work force; to how we apply restorative values to our approach to case management and enabling compliance; to underpin our approach to delivering group work programmes; and strengthening families through our parenting support provision. (excerpt)
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Call for restorative justice review
from the article on UTV News: Schemes carried out by Community Restorative Justice Ireland need to be reviewed according to an independent report. A Criminal Justice Inspection report has revealed only one case has been referred by the community restorative justice system to police in Northern Ireland since 2007. ....The 19-page report, found despite four recommendations being fully achieved and one partially achieved, several issues remain to be addressed.
Located in Restorative Justice Online Blog -- RJOB
RJ Article Hafsteinsson, Hafsteinn Gunnar. The implementation of restorative justice in Iceland: A comparison of police- and expert-led conferencing
On first of October 2006 the Ministry of Justice in Iceland launch a restorative justice pilot project. Building on the pilot project data, this thesis evaluates the implementation of restorative justice into the criminal justice system in Iceland by asking victims, offenders and other participants in police- and expert-led conferencing to answer questionnaires' relating to these two types of restorative justice practices to crime. The thesis compares its results with findings from a review conducted by Paul McCold (1998) who more than a decade ago challenged concerns on police facilitated conferencing. The data examined in the present thesis support Paul McCold's findings that police officers are capable of conducting conferences in a highly restorative manner when dealing with minor degree offences and that conferencing is an effective restorative justice practice that should be encouraged when conducted by police officers or trained professionals.(author's abstract)
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