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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
Dalhousie restorative justice response to Facebook comments questioned
from the article by Marieke Walsh in Global News: Dalhousie University’s decision to use a restorative justice process in dealing with offensive Facebook comments have some people concerned that there won’t be real consequences for the perpetrators. The university says some of the female victims chose the informal approach which is one of two options under the school’s sexual harassment policy. The decision means that the victims, perpetrators, and the university will work together to look at the harm done by the sexually violent and abusive comments and what the appropriate consequences should be.
Located in Restorative Justice Online Blog -- RJOB
Reconciliation: A new generation of aboriginal Canadians weighs in
from the interview by CBCNews: Reneltta Arluk is a writer and actor of Inuvialuit, Gwich’in and Chipewyan-Cree descent originally from the Northwest Territories. Raised by her grandparents on the trap-line until school age, Reneltta travelled with them across the North. In 2008, Reneltta founded Akpik Theatre in Yellowknife to help produce and tell northern indigenous stories.
Located in Restorative Justice Online Blog -- RJOB
Local Community Innovations: Transformation House
This private, non-profit organization in Kentucky serves homicide survivors and convicted murderers. When both parties desire it, Transformation House brings together death row inmates with the survivors of their victim. Meet the committed woman who started this innovative program.
Located in Previous Editions / 2001 / September 2001 Edition
Minnesota State Supreme Court Upholds Use of Sentencing Circles
A January 2002 Minnesota Supreme Court decision reinforced the purpose and decision-making authority of sentencing-circles. The case questioned whether a circle could include a stay of adjudication as a part of sentencing recommendations.
Located in Previous Editions / 2002 / February 2002 Edition
Restorative Justice in New Orleans.
Turning Point Partners is a restorative justice initiative in New Orleans, Louisiana. The group, led by Lou Furman and Jean Handley, has developed programs for the youth court, juvenile institutions, and a local charter school. Turning Point Partners sees restorative justice as a tool for teaching the skills and values needed for creating healthy and safe communities. This article about their program below was written by Lou Furman.
Located in Previous Editions / 2002 / July 2002 Edition
Using the Internet to Help Victims and Offenders Heal
OASIS -- Offender Accountability Synergistic Interaction Service -- uses the Internet to educate victims and community about restorative justice, to provide a safe place for victims express the impact of crime, and to allow offenders offer to make amends with their victim and community.
Located in Previous Editions / 2002 / October 2002 Edition
Breaking the Cycle of Violence in Jamaica
Rising rates of violent crime in Jamaica have led to increasing instability and societal polarization. In August 2001, the National Committee on Crime and Violence was created to study the problem of crime and its root causes and to recommend strategies for breaking the cycle of violence. The Committee recommended breaking down political tribalism, reestablishing legitimate community leadership in place of patronage of criminal groups, and improving relations between the police and the community.
Located in Previous Editions / 2002 / December 2002 Edition
Creating Guidelines for Restorative Justice
In 2002, the United Nations Economic and Social Council endorsed Basic Principles on the Use of Restorative Justice Programmes in Criminal Matters. In paragraph 12, the Basic Principles urge governments to create guidelines and standards for the use of restorative justice programmes. Two countries, Canada and New Zealand, have started this process.
Located in Previous Editions / 2003 / August 2003 Edition
A Healing Approach to Elder Abuse
The Restorative Justice Approaches to Elder Abuse Project is a collaborative of seven community agencies in the Waterloo region of Ontario. In 2000, the Project began a three year effort to design, implement and evaluate a restorative process to be used in cases of elder abuse. Arlene Groh, the project coordinator, describes the work of the Restorative Justice Approaches to Elder Abuse Project in this article.
Located in Previous Editions / 2003 / September 2003 Edition