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RJ Article Long, Hank. A circle of healing.
The Yukon is a long way from Washington County. But a traditional practice of restorative justice used by the native populations in the westernmost Canadian province has found its way to the communities of Cottage Grove, Stillwater and most recently Woodbury. It’s called community circles, a form of restorative justice that, according to its modern proponents, is a community-based process to respond to conflict in a manner that advances the well-being of individuals, families and the community. (excerpt)
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Review: A community-based approach to the reduction of sexual re-offending: circles of support and accountability
by Martin Wright Often sex offenders are isolated people who have difficulty making relationships, and when they come out of prison the double stigma of prison and the nature of their offence isolates them still more – an extra hardship for them, and an increased risk that they will revert to their previous behaviour. So the idea of forming a circle of support for them is both humane and a safeguard. It does not fall under the usual definition of restorative justice, because it does not include dialogue with the victim, which would in many cases be unwanted and/or inappropriate. It does however restore or even improve the situation of the offender, and it involves members of the community.
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RJ Article Umbreit, Mark S and Armour, Marilyn Peterson. Restorative Justice Dialogue: An Essential Guide for Research and Practice
This book provides a comprehensive foundation for understanding restorative justice and its application worldwide to numerous social issues. Backed by reviews of empirical research and case examples, the authors describe the core restorative justice practices, including victim-offender mediation, family group conferencing, and peacemaking circles, as well as cultural considerations, emerging variations in a wide variety of settings, and the crucial role of the facilitator.
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Good news from Canada on Circles of Support and Accountability
from Bruce Cheadle's article in The Canadian Press: The Harper government has agreed to fund a program aimed at keeping convicted sex offenders from committing more crimes - apparently reversing an earlier rejection of the acclaimed project. Some $7.4 million in federal funding will be provided over five years for Circles of Support and Accountability, the office of Public Safety Minister Peter Van Loan confirmed Thursday. "By deciding today to fund this program, our government is taking concrete action to make our communities safer," spokesman Chris McCluskey said in an email. The five-year deal will help the largely volunteer organization double the number of sex offenders in the program to about 300 next year, and more closely monitor results to determine what works best with offenders once they've served their sentences.
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RJ Article Pranis, Kay. Victims in the peacemaking circle process
The article describes how circle processes work, focusing particularly on how it involves and benefits the victim.
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RJ Article Ticiu, Mary Leadem. Restorative circles and class meetings
One school system's summary of how they run circles and what their values are.
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RJ Article Pranis, Kay. The growing circle of circles
The article describes what the circle process is and how it benefits people, using examples from all over the country to illustrate her points.
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Restorative Justice listening . . . to bare witness
from the blog article by Kris Miner: That is an intentional typo. I’m going to try to explain the kind of listening that works best in Restorative Justice Peacemaking Circles. Not listening to respond, not active listening so you can reframe and respond. The kind of listening that is free of judgement. Listening that could be called ‘bearing witness’ to another person. What does to bear witness mean?
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Circulos de Paz and the promise of peace: Restorative justice meets intimate violence
from the article by Linda G. Mills, Mary Helen Maley and Yael Shy in New York University Review of Law and Social Change: Circles of Peace/Circulos de Paz was founded in Nogales, Arizona in 2004 to address these myriad problems with both the criminal justice response to intimate violence and Batterer Intervention Programs. Circles of Peace is the first court-referred domestic violence treatment program to use a restorative justice circle approach to reduce violent behavior in families in the United States. The program consists of twenty-six to fifty-two weeks of conferences, or "Circles," bringing partners who have been abusive (the "applicants") together with willing family members (including those who have been abused, the "participants"), support people, a trained professional facilitator, and community volunteers. The goal is to encourage dialogue about the incident, the history of violence in this family, and meaningful change.
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Strategic use of questions, when facilitating talking circles
from Kris Miner's entry on Restorative Justice and Circle: When you are keeping a Circle, asking a questions is really important. Setting the tone, role modeling, guiding the process vs facilitating is important. Asking questions that you pass the talking piece around is a develop-worthy skill. I’ve learned by asking double questions, run on questions and questions that didn’t make much sense.
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