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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
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
Reforms Create Open Door for Restorative Justice in Chile
Chile is enacting significant justice system reforms that seem to be opening doors for more restorative elements . Problems with crime and lack of trust in the criminal justice system provoked both the government and civil society to seek new options and creative solutions when seeking justice. These include more emphasis on victim’s issues, the creation of community mechanisms for dealing with conflict, and the introduction of mediation projects into schools.
Located in Previous Editions / 2002 / February 2002 Edition
Experimenting with Restorative Practices in Brazil
Several Brazilian organizations are exploring restorative justice philosophy and processes as a means of changing justice practice by
Located in Previous Editions / 2002 / July 2002 Edition
Introducing Restorative Practices to Mexico
Recently, the Government of Mexico and several NGOs have embarked on efforts to develop restorative practices in that country. These reforms have been the result of efforts to increase security, recognize victims’ rights, foster changes in the Mexican justice system, and include civil society groups in reforming the system.
Located in Previous Editions / 2002 / August 2002 Edition
Developments From Colombia
In December of 2002,the Colombian National Congress made several changes to article 250 of the Constitution of 1991, which addresses the obligations of the prosecutor in investigation and prosecution of criminal cases. One of those many changes was the inclusion of restorative justice.
Located in Previous Editions / 2003 / May 2003 Edition
Colombia's Houses of Justice
In 1995, the Government of Colombia, with financial support from USAID, established two Casas de Justicia, Houses of Justice, in poor communities whose residents were otherwise denied meaningful access to justice. The purpose of the Casas de Justicia was to bring together in one place a number of municipal services involved in responding to criminal and family violence, and to help clients resolve problems together whenever possible.
Located in Previous Editions / 2003 / July 2003 Edition
Implementing Restorative Reform in Guatemala
In 1996, after over 30 years of internal armed conflict, the Guatemalan government, guerrillas, and civil society representatives signed a series of peace accords to begin the country’s transition to peace. Among the many provisions laid out in the accords were recognition of indigenous customary law and the inclusion of alternative dispute resolution in the justice system. In the area of criminal law, legislation provided for mediation centres and community courts to provide mediation services in all conflicts including minor criminal cases.
Located in Previous Editions / 2004 / July 2004 Edition
Restorative Justice Symposium in Cali, Colombia
From February 9 – 12, 2005, 1000 people attended the symposium Justicia Restaurative y Paz en Colombia (Restorative Justice and Peace in Colombia). Invited speakers included Colombians and international guests, including a delegation of six South Africans, led by Archbishop Desmund Tutu.
Located in Previous Editions / 2005 / March 2005 Edition
Waging Peace in Nicaragua.
In the 1980s, a small group of pastors decided to work toward ending the civil war engulfing their country. Since that time, the work of these peace commissions has adapted as the needs of their local communities changes. This includes providing reintegration services for ex-combatants in the post-war period and their current work of resolving conflicts and responding to crime. The remaining peace commissioners are now looking to restorative justice theory to inform their work. Tracey King, a student in the Conflict Transformation Programme at Eastern Mennonite University, provides an overview of the work undertaken by the peace commissions since their inception.
Located in Previous Editions / 2005 / May 2005 Edition