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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
Transforming Offenders in England and Wales.
The Sycamore Tree Project® is an intensive in-prison programme that brings groups of victims into prisons to meet with unrelated offenders.They talk about the effects of crime, the harms it causes, and how to make things right. Prison Fellowship of England and Wales implemented the programme in 1998. In this article, Peter Walker, executive director, offers a description of the programme and examples of its impact.
Located in Previous Editions / 2004 / July 2004 Edition
Transforming Attitudes Towards Offending
The Sycamore Tree Project® is an in-prison programme bringing unrelated victims and offenders together for conversations about crime. The programme allows them to reflect together on the consequences of crime and the steps needed to address the harm that has resulted.
Located in Previous Editions / 2005 / September 2005 Edition
RSVP: Restorative Justice in a County Jail
In 2004, the San Francisco Sheriff's Department received an Innovations in American Government award for its Resolve to Stop the Violence Project (RSVP). This programme immerses men with a history of violence into an environment that helps them understand the impact of their offending and learn alternatives to violent behaviour. Inspired by the principles of restorative justice, RSVP addresses the needs of offenders, victims, and the community in responding to and preventing violence.
Located in Previous Editions / 2005 / December 2005 Edition
Making Victims' Voices Heard
Victims’ Voices Heard (VVH) provides victims and victim survivors of severe violence the opportunity to meet with their offenders in a facilitated encounter. Located in Delaware, it is based on a model first developed in Texas. Kim Book, programme coordinator for VVH, describes her experience with the criminal justice system and shares a victim perspective on the mediation process.
Located in Previous Editions / 2006 / February 2006 Edition
Restorative Justice in Prisons – An International Perspective
Increasing numbers of restorative justice programmes are being introduced into prisons. Marian Liebmann presented an overview of these programmes at the Third International Winchester Restorative Justice Group Conference. This article outlines Liebmann’s paper and provides a link to the full text.
Located in Previous Editions / 2006 / June 2006 Edition
Bridges to Life: A Promising In-Prison Restorative Justice Intervention
Bridges to Life is an in-prison restorative justice programme that facilitates meetings between offenders and unrelated victims. This article is drawn from a paper by Marilyn Armour, assistant professor in the School of Social Work at the University of Texas at Austin. The complete article is attached.
Located in Previous Editions / 2006 / June 2006 Edition
The Difficulty of Building Restorative Spaces: Re-envisioning Justice for Offenders
Prisons are not an ideal context for the implementation of restorative principles. In thinking about and developing restorative justice in prisons, it is important to remember the systemic challenges. This article is edited version of a paper by Barb Toews and Lotta Rao from the Pennsylvania Prison Society in which they consider the issues of the trauma of captivity and the effect of nature on behaviour. The full article is attached.
Located in Previous Editions / 2006 / June 2006 Edition
Using Restorative Conferencing for Healing of Victims and Offenders in New South Wales
The Restorative Justice Unit of the New South Wales Department of Corrective Services was established in 1999. It offers conferencing after the offender is in the custody of the Department. In the attached article, Kate Milner, manager of the Unit, provides an overview of its work with victim offender conferencing and of a new re-entry initiative.
Located in Previous Editions / 2006 / October 2006 Edition
In-Prison Victim Offender Dialogue in the US
Victim Offender Dialogue programmes in prisons provide an opportunity for victims and victim survivors to meet with their offenders to discuss the crime and issues surrounding it.
Located in Previous Editions / 2008 / September 2008