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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
Tsuu T’ina Peacemaking Justice in Canada
Canada is a world leader in restorative justice in part because of the strong influence of its First Nations peoples. One initiative has been the development of three Canadian courts for use by First Nations peoples only. This article highlights one of those, which applies Tsuu T’ina peacemaking philosophy and circle processes to offending behaviour on the Tsuu T'ina Nation reserve
Located in Previous Editions / 2004 / August 2004 Edition
Conferencing Serious Juvenile Delinquents in Belgium
From November 2000 to October 2003, youth courts in Belgium piloted the use of the New Zealand model of Family Group Conferencing.
Located in Previous Editions / 2005 / March 2005 Edition
Evaluating Restorative Programmes: Reports from Two Countries.
With the growing use of restorative processes, issues of effectiveness and best practices are being debated. Research and evaluation are keys to understanding these issues. At the same time, evaluation brings up questions of appropriate performance measures and goals for restorative justice programmes. Three recent studies, one from the United Kingdom and two from New Zealand, address these issues.
Located in Previous Editions / 2005 / June 2005 Edition
Restorative Justice in Thailand: Lessons Learned
The Thai government began experimenting with restorative practices in 2003 with the implementation of family group conferences for juvenile offenders. In 2004, the probation services began a pilot project using restorative justice in 11 probation offices. Angkana Boonsit from the Thai probation Department shares her experiences and lessons learned in implementing restorative justice in Thai cultural setting. This speech was originally given at the at the ‘Restorative Justice in Emerging Countries’ ancillary session at the 11th United Nations Congress on Crime Prevention and Criminal Justice.
Located in Previous Editions / 2005 / July 2005 Edition
Restorative Discipline in Universities
In fall 2005, Fresno Pacific University implemented a restorative discipline policy to respond to conflict and rule infractions involving students. Built on the principles of restorative justice, the process seeks to provide fair, just and holistic responses to these infractions. The process consists of four stages of increasing levels of formality.
Located in Previous Editions / 2005 / December 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
Involving Victims in Restorative Youth Justice in England through Youth Offender Panels
Youth Offender Panels in England and Wales seek to hold young offenders accountable for their behaviour while involving victims in the process. A recent evaluation of the programme in Leeds found a positive impact on both victims and offenders. In this article, Adam Crawford, one of the researchers, summarizes the findings.
Located in Previous Editions / 2006 / March 2006 Edition
Restorative Justice in the Youth Court: A Square Peg in a Round Hole?
New Zealand is known as a leader in the application of restorative justice to youth offending, with over 80% of juvenile offenses being handled through police diversion. The remaining 16-20% results in formal charges in the youth court. This article provides excerpts of a paper that examines the restorative potential of the New Zealand youth court. The full paper, written by Judge Andrew Becroft, Principal Youth Court Judge, New Zealand Youth Court, is attached.
Located in Previous Editions / 2006 / May 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