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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
Staying the course to continue providing restorative justice
From Lorenn Walker's blog: Restorative Justice for Healing: “We simply have got to stay and keep helping the people touched by these programs,” says Barbara Tudor with passion and zeal. When she says she is “staying” you know she means it. She is a sturdy sixty-ish woman with curly blond short hair and clear blue eyes. Most striking is her abundant energy, which could vie with the most active teenager.
Located in Restorative Justice Online Blog -- RJOB
Penal Mediation Piloted in Argentina
In the 1990s, Argentina began a series of reform efforts to alleviate corruption, overcrowding of jails and prisons, backlogs stalling the court system, and a lack of faith in the justice system. Among those reforms was the Proyecto RAC (Alternative Conflict Resolution Project), a pilot project in penal mediation.
Located in Previous Editions / 2001 / October 2001 Edition
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
Growing Interest in Innovative Prison Management system.
Prison Fellowship affiliates in several countries are operating unique programs that make dramatic changes in prison management. These changes are based on a methodology developed by the Brazilian Association for Protection and Assistance to the Convicted (APAC), the PF affiliate in Brazil.
Located in Previous Editions / 2001 / November 2001 Edition
Community Service in Uganda
On November 6th 2001, the Deputy Chief Justice of Uganda announced the official implementation of Community Service orders in Uganda. The announcement marked the culmination of several years of development and preparation. Originally intended to lower prison populations and provide more humane treatment for offenders, the new policies provide space for participation by victims and the community, while creating room for the growing use of restorative process.
Located in Previous Editions / 2002 / April 2002 Edition
Restorative Practices and Reoffending
Recently, a short article in The Report (1) questioned Canada's use and support of restorative justice programmes. The article quoted a claim in the May issue of Canadian Lawyer that after five years of use there was no proof that restorative justice programmes work. However, recent research has demonstrated that restorative justice programs do in fact reduce recidivism.
Located in Previous Editions / 2002 / July 2002 Edition
A Ministry of Reconciliation: The Umuvumu Tree Project in Rwanda
With the imminent release of thousands of genocide prisoners angry over eight years of imprisonment without trial into communities still bitter over the violence and death, Prison Fellowship Rwanda, a local NGO, saw the potential for renewed violence and decided to act.
Located in Previous Editions / 2003 / February 2003 Edition
Taking Victims and Their Advocates Seriously: A Listening Project.
The Listening Project sought to include the voices of victim advocates in the development of restorative justice practice. The article below is an excerpt from the report of the project with a link to the full-text. The report was written by y: Harry Mica, Mary Achilles, Ellen Halbert, Lorraine Stutzman Amstutz, and Howard Zehr. It is reprinted here by permission.
Located in Previous Editions / 2003 / April 2003 Edition
Starting Restorative Programs: Manuals on the Web.
There are many resources available on the Web for people starting restorative programs. The programs differ, and they are specific to their context, but they may serve as useful guides to others.
Located in Previous Editions / 2003 / July 2003 Edition