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Restorative Justice Approach Launched by South Africa Department of Correctional Services
The South Africa Department of Correctional Services held a conference in November to launch its new "restorative justice approach". Although other government departments have included restorative justice in their policy documents and the government has sponsored pilot projects, this was certainly the most highly publicized policy statement on restorative justice by the South African government to date.
Located in Previous Editions / 2002 / January 2002 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
African NGO Works for Transformation in the Justice System
The Prisoners Rehabilitation and Welfare Action (PRAWA), founded in 1994, works toward creating a more humane environment in prisons and alternatives to imprisonment. In the area of justice reform, PRAWA’s Community Justice Programme (COJUP) focuses on the implementation of restorative practices in ways that are sensitive to African cultural traditions. The African Transformative Justice Project is one of the programmes designed to introduce alternative practices into the Justice System.
Located in Previous Editions / 2002 / November 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
Victim Offender Conferencing Pilot Project: South Africa
The Victim Offender Conferencing (VOC) pilot project in South Africa was created in 1999 by a coalition of organizations working in restorative justice. This excerpt is from a 2002 research report compiled by Amanda Dissel, manager of the Criminal Justice Programme of the Centre for the Study of Violence and Reconciliation, with links to the full-text of the available research reports.
Located in Previous Editions / 2003 / November 2003 Edition
South African NGO Furthers the Implementation of Restorative Justice
Khulisa, a South African crime prevention organization, has made significant inroads applying restorative justice in a society that has faced significant increases in crime over the past decade. Khulisa, whose name means “to nurture the development of a person”, uses an array of programs to assist children at risk and young offenders. In addition to working throughout the country, Khulisa also partners with a variety of governmental departments.
Located in Previous Editions / 2004 / April 2004 Edition
Juvenile Justice Reforms Pending in South Africa
A bill fostering the inclusion of restorative justice principles and practices for juveniles is still awaiting parliamentary action in South Africa. Originally introduced in 2002, the Child Justice Bill would create a consistent system for responding to youth crime by consolidating current practices and legislation with international standards for the treatment of juvenile offenders.
Located in Previous Editions / 2004 / May 2004 Edition
Finding Community Alternatives in the Gambia
The Canadian International Development Agency recently awarded Mount Saint Vincent University in Halifax, Nova Scotia, a grant to launch a Community Policing and Restorative Justice Project in the African country the Gambia. Dr. Stephen Perrott, of the Department of Psychology, provides a description of the project and its goals.
Located in Previous Editions / 2004 / October 2004 Edition
Restorative Justice in Sentencing: South Africa
In a recent sentencing decision in a murder case, Judge E. Bertelsmann of the High Court of South Africa wrote of the importance of restorative justice in the South Africa context. The full decision is presented here with a downloadable version attached.
Located in Previous Editions / 2006 / October 2006 Edition
Organizing Ex-Combatants for Peace in Mozambique
As violent civil conflicts end, ex-combatants are sometimes treated as a risk to social peace and stability. Yet, as one organization in Mozambique demonstrates, ex-combatants can be key players in the peacebuilding process, promoting peace and reconciliation, and mediating peaceful solutions to conflicts.
Located in Previous Editions / 2007 / April 2007 Edition