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A lesson in manners
from the editorial in Aldergrove Star: The following is a letter written by a few teenagers, who recently used Facebook to hurt someone, intentionally. Having the letter printed in the local paper, The Agassiz Harrison Observer, is one way they are working on their restitution, through Chilliwack's Restorative Justice Program. We have chosen to run the letter in its entirety. By law, the teens cannot be named.
Located in Restorative Justice Online Blog -- RJOB
Finding forgiveness
from SBS Dateline: Dateline has a touching story of friendship between a woman who was shot and critically injured, and the stranger who attempted to kill her. Jackie Millar took years to recover after she was shot in the head. She remains almost blind and permanently brain damaged, unable to even remember bringing up her own sons.
Located in Restorative Justice Online Blog -- RJOB
Restorative justice & restorative mediation
from Julie Speer's blog entry: This past year I’ve had the good fortune of telling several stories related to restorative justice and restorative mediation. Colorado is leading the way with RJ (Restorative Justice), and has gotten a large grant from the Department of Justice to look at how using RJ can decrease the costs to the system. When offenders go through an RJ process, their rate of recidivism is astonishingly low!
Located in Restorative Justice Online Blog -- RJOB
RJ Article Chico, Laura Shipler. The Heart of My Enemy: Rwandan Friends Rebuilding After the Genocide
This article tells the stories of several Rwandans who lived through the genocide and introduces the Alternatives to Violence Project, a program developed by Quakers in Rwanda that "quietly invites participants to begin to see the possibility of good in themselves and others, to seek truth even when it contradicts strongly held beliefs, and to find a deep source of reconciliation and transformation." It includes personal accounts of change and transformation alongside descriptions of different workshops in the program.
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RJ Article Nyiramana, Cecile. Speaking Across the Divide
Nyiramana describes her experience as a Tutsi during the genocide in Rwanda and then tells about the program she developed after the war to heal both Hutu and Tutsi communities affected by the violence. Her program brings together Tutsi widows and Hutu wives whose husbands are in prison to create dialogue and establish a sense of trust. The program has achieved much and is still in the process of expanding.
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Vermont’s juvenile justice teaches kids community can help
This is the third of four columns in a series about the nation’s oldest and most mature restorative juvenile justice system.
Located in Restorative Justice Online Blog -- RJOB
On delivering nuanced messages in a soundbite culture
"Trendy 'restorative justice' schemes to stamp out bullying at schools 'do not work'," the headline trumpeted. The article by Laura Clark on Mail Online (the website of the Daily Mail) began in the same vein: "Trendy 'no punishment' approaches to tackling bullying are not working in many schools, a researcher warned yesterday. More than 600 schools use 'restorative justice' techniques which allow bullies to escape punishment if they face their victims and apologise. But a Cambridge University academic told a conference the approach has been 'widely exaggerated' as a remedy for bullying."
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RJ Article MacMillan, Scott N.. Descriptive Analysis of the Portrayal of Restorative Justice in the B.C. Newsprint Media
Portrayals of restorative justice in British Columbia newsprint media are subjected to a descriptive content analysis. Fundamental aspects of the restorative justice perspective, and its many manifestations, are examined to assess how this perspective is portrayed to the public as a series of processes and as an international social movement. (author's abstract)
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Striking a balance: Restorative justice brings offenders face-to-face with their victims
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Possible ABC TV series showing victim-offender encounters
from Michele Rosenthal's entry on Heal My PTSD: Last week I got a very interesting call from ABC TV. They’re developing a 20/20 episode or a series based on the subject of restorative justice. I had a long chat with Andrew Sullivan about his expectations for the piece and what they hope to achieve with it. He mentioned that they are actively seeking survivors who would be right for the series; I offered to help him reach out. ....After our conversation Andrew summarized the idea in an email to me. I’m sharing it with you in case any of you would like to follow up with him.
Located in Restorative Justice Online Blog -- RJOB