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Lesotho Explores Restorative Justice in Draft Bill
The Attorney General’s office of Lesotho is reviewing the draft Children’s Protection and Welfare Bill (CPWB) that will be debated when parliament resumes session. Addressing all aspects of the treatment and protection of children, the bill includes an extensive section on restorative justice and diversion for children in conflict with the law.
Located in Previous Editions / 2009 / January 2009 Edition.
RJ Article Standing Committee on Education, Training and Young People. Inquiry into Restorative Justice Principles in Youth Settings: Submission
Jacinta Allan, Minister for Employment and Youth Affairs, describes some of the restorative justice programs implemented for juveniles in Victoria.
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RJ Article Canadian Foundation for Children, Youth and the Law. Justice for Children and Youth’s Position re: Bill C-25: An Act to Amend the Youth Criminal Justice Act and on the review of the YCJA
Justice for Children and Youth (“JFCY”) offers the following position and recommendations regarding Bill C-25 and its proposed amendments to the sentencing and pre-trial detention provisions of the Youth Criminal Justice Act (“YCJA”) and any proposed review of the YCJA.
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RJ Article Justice for Children and Youth. “I’ve been Charged and I’m Under 18 – What do I do?”
A handy guide to tell young offenders what their rights are and what they should expect about going to court.
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Child Justice Act undercut from within
from the article by Don Pinnock in the Mail & Guardian Online: Even before it began the rocky climb through the parliamentary process, the Child Justice Bill was considered to be internationally path-breaking legislation. It was born in the euphoria of the early 1990s in a country where youth had been considered politically lethal, whipping was a sentence, imprisonment the standard response to wrongdoing and torture considered a legitimate interrogation method. The new legislation sought to provide restorative justice by diverting child offenders from this punitive justice system and keeping them out of prisons, which simply hardened criminality. It devised ways to work with offenders and victims to restore harmony in the community where the crime took place. Punishment would be tailored to the crime and dealt in a way that maintained the self-respect of the offender as well as the approval of both community and victim.
Located in Restorative Justice Online Blog -- RJOB
RJ Article Tshehla, Boyane John and Skelton, Ann. Child Justice in South Africa
The author argues that the Western approach to juvenile justice historically has been more of a welfarist approach, but recently the pendulum has started to swing towards more punitive forms of justice. However, a proposed alternative to both approaches has manifested in the form of restorative justice. The author summarizes the UN's provisions on juvenile justice and then goes into a thorough history of juvenile justice in South Africa, from pre-colonization to punitive colonial measures and the subsequent ongoing reform of those measures. Reform efforts recently produced the Child Justice Bill of 2008, which is heavily influenced by restorative justice. The author goes into an overview of probation services in South Africa and then proceeds into a detailed comparison of current juvenile justice law with the proposed changes in the Child Justice Bill.
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Pocket money justice works
Youth Restorative Justice, aimed at those between 10 and 17, has been piloted in eight trial areas and proved so successful it is now set to be rolled out nationwide. It reduces the burden on the police and frees up court time.
Located in Restorative Justice Online Blog -- RJOB
RJ Article Thomas, Douglas and Hunninen, Mary. Making things right: Meaningful community service for juvenile offenders.
Community service is a common strategy used by juvenile courts and probation departments as part of their strategies for dealing with juvenile offenders. In this bulletin, the position is taken that community service is an important and valuable tool and that meaningful community service can go a long way toward increasing offender accountability, restoring victims, reconnecting youth and community, and making things right again. Community service should be of value to the community and benefit the person providing the service. In the case of community service that is mandated by courts, it should address the harm that was incurred by the delinquent or criminal activity, and wherever possible should restore victims in some tangible ways and offer redemptive opportunities for offenders. The bulletin defines and describes community service, makes a distinction between voluntary community service and mandated community service, and addresses the effectiveness of community service highlighting the community service of three counties (Clark County, WA; Deschutes County, OR; and Lehigh County, PA), illustrating the meaningful application of mandated community service. Tips presented in the development of meaningful community service include, but are not limited to creative community service, restorative community service, involve the community, meaningful community service requires preparation, and celebrate achievements. (abstract courtesy of the National Criminal Justice Reference Service,
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RJ Article Wiersma, Eric and Wolthuis, Annemieke. Slow Motion: Actual developments of Restorative Justice Projects for Juveniles in the Netherlands
Restorative practices have grown in The Netherlands, but it is too early to be really optimistic. The EU Frame work decision and project evaluations have led to a policy decision that all victims of a criminal offence get an offer of victim-offender mediation in 2007, but many other restorative justice initiatives that have been started are not continued or have to find financial means by them selves. The government is still reluctant in making more long-term decisions on continuation of successful projects and experiments done for example in the youth detention centres or at the level of the public prosecutors. In this presentation we will give an overview of recent developments in the Netherlands with Restorative Justice practices for Juveniles, including Halt, a diversionary measure for juveniles for minor offences which consists of several important restorative elements. We will focus on the question where we stand, and on the current political and policy context related to juvenile justice. We also focus on ways of encouraging the cooperation between practitioners, policy makers and researchers in order to bring restorative practices with youngsters important steps further. (excerpt)
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RJ Article Wengert, Michaela. Youth Justice Convenors – delivering a community based process within the framework of a legislated RJ scheme
The most significant and unique feature of NSW [New South Wales] youth justice conferencing is the partnership model between government and individuals in the community to deliver a justice process. In the NSW model, the government retains responsibility for the administration, and quality assurance, of each restorative justice process while individual members of the community facilitate the face-to-face delivery of the process. The convenors are not volunteers but are engaged on a fee-for-service basis as independent contractors. Apart from a letter introducing the convenor, in most cases the conference participants have no contact with public servants during the preparation and facilitation of the conference. Philosophically, the symbolism of an individual member of the community stepping up and facilitating a legislated justice process resolving the conflict arising from an offence committed between two members of that community is an intrinsic element of the NSW youth justice conference model. (excerpt)
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