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"Just get a rock and talk"
from Robert C. Koehler's article on New. Clear. Vision: The circle was held shortly after Christmas. Elizabeth and Peter were the keepers. The participants were Bill, Andrea, Alyssa and the young girl’s two grandfathers. It lasted about eight hours, far longer than most subsequent circles (the average length is two hours), but it ended with an agreement between Bill and Andrea. “I got more accomplished in eight hours than a year in court,” he said.
Located in Restorative Justice Online Blog -- RJOB
Restorative justice at OWS
from the post by Stephan Geras on ZNet: ....However these “deeply personalized” new democratic processes will of necessity encounter obstacles and trip blocks which can bring to the surface individual and collective hurt or trauma; or in other words conflict which can obviously be strong enough to provoke violence. What’s referred to as the “cycle of violence” I interpret to mean that violence of any kind is internalized, whether it’s one on one or it’s a result of systemic mechanisms of oppression.
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A restorative circle in the wake of a police shooting
from the article by Andrea Brenneke in Tikkun: ....In the weeks after the shooting, members of the Williams family reported strained interactions with members of the police department, including increased scrutiny and harassment by bicycle patrol officers where they worked and sold their art at the Pike Place Market. Tensions were building. Something had to be done to address the immediate needs for safety and improve the relationship between the family, the community, and the police department. ....There was no restorative justice system in place nor any prior experience with Restorative Circles, so I worked with Kathryn Olson to create a shared understanding of the process we would use to hold this circle. We modified aspects of the Restorative Circle process to address the unusual circumstances. I was able to hold pre-circle meetings with the family members, friends, and community members, but it was not possible for me to meet in advance with most of the police department participants. Instead, I worked with Ms. Olson and provided her written summaries of the Restorative Circles process to share with the other participants in the Seattle Police Department. In all of this, I aimed to stay true to restorative principles and be flexible with the form of how the process unfolded.
Located in Restorative Justice Online Blog -- RJOB
Effective, even alone: Co-keep a restorative justice circle
from the post by Kirs Miner in Restorative Justice and Circles: ....Even if you are the only one assigned to be ‘keeping’ the Circle, know that your Circle will be more effective, if you view every person in the Circle as your co-keeper. I say things like “everyone is both teacher and student”. We honor the equal worth of every person, by having that respect and showing it to each person. That plays out into Circles where each person feels and experiences personal growth.
Located in Restorative Justice Online Blog -- RJOB
RJ Article Minnesota Department of Corrections. Exploring justice: an opportunity for dialogue between offenders and law students
Justice isn’t really talked about in law school.‖ Nathan Jurowski, law student and co-founder of Exploring Justice. While justice is the basic purpose of our crimi-nal justice system, those on opposite sides of the law often have different perceptions of justice and how it is achieved. The Exploring Justice project provides a unique opportunity for law students and offenders to engage in discussion in a respectful setting and explore the concept of justice. Partici-pants are joined at each week’s session by a guest speaker to further stimulate discussion and gain a broader perspective of justice among criminal justice professionals. (excerpt)
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There’s hope even for sex offenders
from Chris Dornin's article in ....So we register sex offenders as surrogate terrorists and post their personal information as if it were bin Laden’s bio on the Internet for everyone to see. Failure to report to police on a quarterly basis earns a sex offender a new felony charge. We ban them from living near schools, daycare centers and school bus stops with draconian penalties for violations. We civilly commit them when they finish their prison terms. We make sure those are long sentences by stacking charges in multiple consecutive bids. Each image of child on hard drive becomes a separate felony. We give sex offenders special license plates. The police notify the neighbors when a sex offender moves in nearby. The neighbors evict them, or force the landlords to do it for them, sometimes subtly, sometimes with raw violence.
Located in Restorative Justice Online Blog -- RJOB
RJ Article Costello, Bob and Wachtel, Joshua and Wachtel, Ted. Restorative Circles in Schools: Building Community and Enhancing Learning
Restorative Circles in Schools is an in-depth guidebook on the use of the circle, an essential restorative practice for schools. The book includes a wealth of practical knowledge on circles, drawn from the experience of the International Institute for Restorative Practices, which has worked in a wide variety of settings worldwide. Stories from numerous educators illustrate the circle's use in diverse situations, including proactive circles for improving relationships and enhancing academics, responsive circles to solve problems and address conflict, and circles to address issues among faculty, staff, and administrators. (Excerpt)
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An Outcome Evaluation of Minnesota Circles of Support and Accountability (MnCoSA)
from the study by the Minnesota Department of Corrections: ....The use of the COSA model with high-risk sex offenders began in a small Mennonite community in Canada in the early 1990s. Grounded in the tenets of the restorative justice philosophy, the COSA model attempts to help sex offenders successfully reenter the community and, thus, increase public safety, by providing them with social support as they try to meet their employment, housing, treatment, and other social needs. Each COSA consists of anywhere between four and six community volunteers, one of whom is a primary volunteer, who meet with the offender on a regular basis. The results from several evaluations of the Canadian COSA model suggest it significantly reduces sex offender recidivism....
Located in Restorative Justice Online Blog -- RJOB
Sentencing circles fall out of favour
from the article on The StarPhoenix: Once seen as a progressive innovation in the justice system, sentencing circles have almost disappeared from adult courts in Saskatchewan. Six adult sentencing circles were held in 2012, a significant decline from the peak of 39 in 1997, according to the Saskatchewan Ministry of Justice.
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Comment Kris miner on Sentencing circles fall out of favour
I'm sure many factors have influenced this change. I wonder if holding them in space other than the courtroom would have given the community more [...]
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