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Becoming someone
by Lynette Parker Many times when I talk to people about crime and justice, the discussion centres on “those offenders” needing to be punished because of what they have done. Even victims are “others” as some want to “protect” them, others want to blame them for what happened and yet other expect them to forgive and get over it. Very rarely do we talk about human beings who have been harmed by crime or who have committed crimes.
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RJ Article Bouman, Martine and van Hoek, Anneke. Communication for social change: the education-entertainment strategy in theory and practice
Worldwide a number of groups have sought ways to incorporate social change messages into radio and television entertainment like popular drama- and soap serials. This so-called entertainment-education (EE) strategy is defined as "... the process of purposively designing and implementing a mediating communication form with the potential of entertaining and educating people, in order to enhance and facilitate different stages of pro-social (behaviour) change." An essential element in this definition is constituted by the words “purposively designing and implementing”. There is a need to develop a wider variety of effective and efficient strategies to bridge the gap between cognitive and affective approaches in communication for social change. More affective and heuristic principles appealing to emotions and human interest need to be integrated in this communication strategy. E-E is a field of scholarly analysis, but its professional practice is strongly linked to the entertainment industry. This ‘marriage’ between communication scholars and television professionals offers a challenge: How can both collaborate in entertainment projects without short-changing the other party? In this workshop, the principal theoretical notions of the EE strategy will be discussed and given a practical perspective through the presentation of an EE-radio-project in Rwanda aimed at the prevention of ethnocentric violence, reconciliation and trauma healing. The workshop will close with a discussion about the question whether the EE-strategy can also be of help in informing the public about restorative justice. (excerpt)
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RJ Article Stempel, Jeffrey. Paradox lost: The potential of restorative attorney discipline -- with a cautionary call for making distinctions.
Seen through my cynic’s lens, the restorative attorney discipline advocated by Brown and Wolf11 more than meets the standard for likely effectiveness— provided that those presiding over it are prepared to make distinctions between those attorneys who are in trouble in spite of their good faith or merely because of an episode of weakness and those who really should be culled from the profession. Because of particular characteristics of the legal profession and attorney disciplinary matters, it is more susceptible to ADR initiatives such as restorative discipline. Several aspects of the practice of law account for this.
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Justice as restoration of trust
from Howard Zehr's blog entry: ....What restorative justice offers, he says, is not so much new justice practices but a different view of crime and a new goal for justice: crime is seen as a source of harm that must be repaired. Moreover, the essential harm of crime is the loss of trust, on both interpersonal and social levels. What victims and communities need is to have their trust restored. The essential obligation of offenders is to show that they are trustworthy. The purpose of justice should be to encourage this process. The overriding goal of justice, then, ought to be the restoration of trust. The attempt to achieve this on both personal and social levels, he argues, can provide a unifying umbrella for our response to crime. Rather than replacing other, more traditional goals, it would become the overriding consideration in sentencing, providing rationales for and limits to the application of goals such as incapacitation and punishment.
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File Scuro Neto, Pedro. The Restorative Paradigm: Just Middle-Range Justice
Restorative justice is a middle-range paradigm, a promise of future systemic change, implemented on a lower level of abstraction with operational notions defined for restricted orders of conflict, in specific, localized conditions.
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File Van Ness, Daniel. Creating Restorative Systems
In order to increase the influence of the restorative justice movement for the future, Van Ness proposes models for measurement and conceptual understanding.
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File Van Ness, Daniel. The Shape of Things to Come: A Framework for Thinking about A Restorative Justice System
Daniel Van Ness begins this paper with a sketch of recent initiatives that signal a worldwide interest in restorative justice among national governments and the United Nations.
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File Wright, Martin. 2006. Restorative Justice in Europe and Beyond. ‘Co-operation of Eastern and Central European countries for the development of restorative justice and mediation’, Warsaw, 21-22 January 2006‘.
I should like to say something about the European Forum for Restorative Justice; then I will suggest ways in which in which restorative justice could develop in Europe, especially the extension of restorative approaches in schools. Then I will look at three particular ways in which restorative justice can be put into practice. One is through community involvement, including the work of non-governmental organizations, the use of trained volunteers from the community, and the participation of those affected, who are of course also members of the community. Secondly, we have to consider the position of restorative justice in relation to the criminal justice system. Thirdly, how can restorative justice could be linked to crime reduction and social reform? Finally, I should like to look at examples of these restorative approaches in three other parts of the world. (excerpt)
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File Wright, Martin. 2000. Restorative justice for juveniles … and adults. Paper for Conference on ‘Human rights and education: global and regional problems and perspectives’, Khanti-Mansiysk, Russia, , 21-24 August 2000.
If we were able to take a new sheet of paper and design a new system for dealing with crime, knowing what we do now, what would it look like? We might well start by recognizing the needs of victims. We (that is, the rest of the community), would want to support them, restore them emotionally and materially as far as possible. This would apply to all victims if they needed it – and we have to remember that the harm suffered by victims varies greatly from very slight to devastating. (excerpt)
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Comment John Perry, Vermont on Do not jail thieves and fraudsters, law professor says
While the logic is correct, it misses an essential point of restorative justice, which is not about what we do to the offender, but what [...]
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