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2012 party platforms on criminal justice policy (US)
from the report by the Sentencing Project: The Washington Post recently reported that the gulf between Republicans and Democrats has never been wider. On issue after issue, the two major political parties often disagree in substantial ways. But in the area of criminal justice policy, we have seen in recent years the potential for a bipartisan consensus. A plurality of American voters say that too many people are in prison, and an overwhelming majority -- including voters across political, generational, and racial lines -- want policies that would exchange prisons for more effective alternatives. After nearly four decades of unprecedented expansion, a number of states have reduced prison capacity, even closing prisons, in recent years, thanks to innovative public policy. These advances suggest real momentum for reform.
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Penn State's response to child sexual abuse: What about the victims?
by Lisa Rea As the story comes out in more detail about the alleged sexual abuse of children by Jerry Sandusky, former assistant football coach at Penn State, the coverage of the story seems to be more about the actions of veteran coach Joe Paterno--his resignation or the university's decision to fire him.
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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.
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RJ Article Maiden, Kristin M.. Second chances: An examination of juvenile offenders' experiences with a restorative justice program.
Research indicates that restorative justice diversions programs are becoming increasingly more popular and more successful as alternatives to standard diversion programs for juvenile offenders. Although there is ample research on restorative justice programs for adult offenders, more can be learned concerning the efficacy of these programs for juvenile offenders. This study uses a triangulated research method utilizing two datasets: an official court record dataset containing 4,197 juvenile offenders and a self report dataset with 229 participants. Structural equation models tested the relationships between extralegal variables such as gender, race, age and school status, and legal variables such as prior offenses and severity of current offenses, with the outcome variable of recidivism. A thematic analysis explored the perceptions and experiences of the self-report data participants. These analyses and the conclusions within inform restorative justice policy on the efficacy of restorative justice diversion programs for juvenile offenders as well as illuminate areas of improvement for established diversion programs. Furthermore, this research offers policy implications and suggestions for future research. (author's abstract)
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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.
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More tolerance in new Chicago Public Schools code of conduct
from Noreen S. Ahmed-Ullah's article in the chicago Tribune: Chicago Public Schools has adopted a new student discipline policy that one parent group says moves the district a step away from zero tolerance. Staff members are being told to treat minor infractions as learning opportunities to reinforce positive behavior. Out-of school suspensions are to be used as a last resort. CPS officials said for the most serious infractions, restorative justice--programs such as peace circle and a jury of student peers determining punishment--can be offered in addition to suspensions and expulsions.
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Circles for sex offenders first in the South
from the article by Dawn Baumgartner Vaughan in the Herald-Sun: Durham is starting the first Circles of Safety and Accountability in the South for sex offenders getting out of prison. COSA will match recently released sex offenders in Durham with a circle of people who will meet with them weekly to hold them accountable and support them in re-entering the community. Durham County is home to about 300 convicted sex offenders.
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File Cook, Kim. A restorative justice critique of shelters for battered women in the American deep south
While shelters did not arise out of restorative justice theory, Cook applies such theory to determine whether shelters in the American deep south fulfill the criteria of restorative justice and moral pragmatism.
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File Hook, Melissa And Seymour, Anne. Offender reentry requires attention to victim safety
In this article Hook and Seymour address issues concerning the rights and safety of victims when offenders leave prison and reenter societ
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File Mika, Harry, et. al. Taking Victims and Their Advocates Seriously: A Listening Project
This report details the activities and outcomes of the Listening Project, a collaboration of professionals active in the victim community and the field of restorative justice.
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