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Facilitating Communication
"What am I going to do now?," ran through my mind as the conference skittered to a complete halt. The young man, although painfully non-verbal, had been cooperative, responding to questions and telling his story of stealing an automobile. Yet, when his mother asked whether or not he was sorry, he refused to answer. With a firm statement of, "I've already answered it," the young offender had us all baffled. Referring to the difficulty of hearing over the air conditioner (I had asked him to speak up a couple of times), I asked if he would mind answering it again. He point blank refused, stating, "I don't repeat myself."
Located in Restorative Justice Online Blog -- RJOB
File Van Sluytman, Margot. 2008. Finding a Song -- New Narrative After Murder
Margot Van Sluytman describes how the murder of her father affected her life and the healing that came through meeting with the offender in the murder.
Located in Full-Text Documents at RJ Online
File Norman, Denise. 2007. Restorative Justice – Does it Restore Justice?
Denise Norman describes the impact of her cousins murder, her experience with the criminal justice system, and her participation in a conference with the two offenders. While finding the process helpful, she remains skeptical of the application of restorative processes and states that "it should only be used “in addition” to the maximum possible sentence. "
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File Restorative practice: How young can we go?
Streethouse Junior and Infants is a small community school situated within an exmining, rural village in Wakefield, West Yorkshire. The children who attend are from the surrounding area that is believed to have a high depravation level and a history of deep rooted problems with drug and alcohol abuse. The school caters for children from 3 years old up to 11 years old when they transfer to either of two local high schools. After practicing SEAL (Social and Emotional Aspects of Learning) for six years the staff and governors decided to adopt a whole school approach to restorative practice to enhance their existing school practices for behaviour management. [from the article]
Located in Restorative Justice Online Blog -- RJOB
RJ Article Hastings, Sandy. Going round in circles.
Over the past three weeks I have had the opportunity to facilitate three separate live circle meetings in my role as a facilitator and Police officer in Leicestershire. The first circle (Case study 1) directly involved young people at risk of exclusion from school. The next one (Case study 2) included concerned parents of a group of young people, and the Police. Finally, the most recent example (Case study 3) was with representatives from the Somali and African Caribbean communities in Leicester. Some participants were parents of young people who have displayed extremely violent behaviour towards each other. (excerpt)
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RJ Article Boodell, David and Schwartz, Sunny. Dreams from the Monster Factory.
Dreams from the Monster Factory tells the true story of Sunny Schwartz's extraordinary work in the criminal justice system and how her profound believe in people's ability to change is transforming the San Francisco jails and the criminals incarcerated there. (From publisher's description)
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Google Video PF Rwanda's Reconciliation Work
This 2003 video explores the reconciliation work of Prison Fellowship Rwanda.
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Earby teens say ‘sorry’ for church vandalism
from Chris Hopper's article in the Lancashire Telegraph: Three teenagers who vandalised a church have apologised for their actions. In youth court, the teens admitted smashing windows at All Saints Church, Earby, causing £15,000 worth of damage in September. They also pleaded guilty to burglary with intent to cause damage at the former vicarage next to the church. As part of their punishment, three of the four teenagers involved agreed to attend a meeting with church members as part of a restorative justice order, which allows offenders to make amends directly to the people or organisations they have harmed.
Located in Restorative Justice Online Blog -- RJOB
Restorative justice focuses on the victim
from the column by Linda Gryczan in the Independent Record: ....There is a growing number of restorative justice programs in Montana for adults and juveniles across reservations and other jurisdictions in Montana, including community youth justice, victim-offender dialogue and victim impact panels. In Lewis and Clark and Broadwater counties, certain first time offenders up to age 17, are offered an opportunity to instead of going before a judge, meet with the victim of their crime, his or her parents, community members and a trained facilitator. Victims are encouraged to describe the impact of the crime, offenders are held accountable, and the group decides how the offender will make amends.
Located in Restorative Justice Online Blog -- RJOB
RJ Article Niyongabo, Adrien. Love Has Replaced Hatred: A Visit to Gitega, Burundi Prison
A group of people from the town of Mutaho, Burundi (a town that was effectively destroyed during the period of ethnic violence between Hutus and Tutsis), went to visit the men who had killed their families who were now imprisoned. For them it was an opportunity for reconciliation and a chance to build trust that transcends ethnic division.
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