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The shape of a Restorative Justice Circles, taps our intuition and engages us in the process
from Kris Miner's entry on Restorative Justice and Circles: While exploring Circle images on the World Wide Web, I found this webpage. “Our initial exposure to an idea shapes our intuition”. The article goes on to explain that our intuition impacts how much we enjoy a subject. I think that the shape of being in Circle, is the shape of humane productivity.
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To teach empathy, you simply teach listening
from Kris Miner's entry on Restorative Justice and Circles: Listening is under – rated. We take it forgranted as something that we know how to do. Teaching deep compassionate listening is part of learning how to do restorative justice and certainly how to be in Circle.
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Cherokee Talking Circle
from Crime Solutions: The Cherokee Talking Circle (CTC) is a culturally based intervention targeting substance abuse among Native American adolescents. The program was designed for students who were part of the United Keetoowah Band of Cherokee Indians, the eighth largest tribe in Oklahoma. The goal of the CTC is to reduce substance abuse, with abstinence as the ideal outcome for students.... The intervention is aimed at Keetoowah–Cherokee students ages 13 to 18 who are in the early stages of substance misuse and who are also experiencing negative consequences as a result of their substance use....
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Restorative justice has unanticipated results
from the article by Christine Wolf in the Chicago Tribune: Imagine this scenario: the sound of shattering glass echoes through your condo building as you watch two boisterous teenagers bolt down your street. Much later, after you've helped to clean up the mess and cut your hand on the shard-crusted baseball launched through a lobby window, you're asked to participate in a Restorative Justice Victim-Offender Family Conferencing Program. Your local police department wants you to face the troublemakers and help create a plan to address their behavior. Would you do it? I'd like you to consider why you should....
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RJ Article Stuart, Barry.. Circle Sentencing in Yukon Territory, Canada: A Partnership of the Community and the Criminal Justice System
This article describes and evaluates a Canadian system for dispute resolution that is premised on restorative justice. Throughout North America there has been an increasing interest in the development of alternative forums for dispute resolution that may more effectively address the needs of victims, offenders, and the community. Concurrent with this has been an attempt to alter the adversarial framework of the criminal justice system. This has included the development and implementation of case processing strategies premised on restorative justice and attempting to secure the participation of communities as partners in the resolution of disputes. One particularly innovative initiative is circle sentencing, which has been implemented in several communities in the Yukon, Canada. This paper outlines the procedure by which cases are processed in circle sentencing and discusses the involvement of the offender, the victim, the community, and the territorial court. The paper also describes several ways in which any community-based processes reliant on mediation and consensus skills can contribute to community well-being. Abstract courtesy of National Criminal Justice Reference Service, www.ncjrs.org.
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RJ Article Mcnamara, Luke. The Locus of Decision-Making Authority in Circle Sentencing: The Significance of Criteria and Guidelines
In the 1990s, circle sentencing emerged as a significant feature in the Canadian criminal justice system among First Nation communities. Circle sentencing involves direct participation of community members in sentencing the offender. This sentencing form combines Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal processes and norms of justice. In this article, McNamara examines the practice of circle sentencing against the background of the continuing demand by many Aboriginal communities for greater autonomy in the administration of justice. Specifically, to what extent does circle sentencing represent a genuine shift from non-Aboriginal sentencing processes, with their cultural foundations and aims, to Aboriginal cultural perspectives and practices with respect to law and justice? McNamara explores this question by considering the potential of circle sentencing to shift the locus of decision-making authority from judges within the criminal justice system to community participants in the circle sentencing process.
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RJ Article Prinzo, Michelle and Wilson, Robin J. Circles of Support: A Restorative Justice Initiative
Conditional release in Canada has had a long history; however, recent shifts in policy reflect the community’s increasing intolerance for criminal behavior, particularly in regard to sexual offenders. Although maintaining offenders in prison for longer periods of time may satisfy some of the public’s desire for punishment and removal from society, the practice of limiting community supervision is a “double-edged sword.‿ Over the last 10 years, restorative justice has been widely recognized in Canada. Restorative justice is seen as a means to promote accountability of offenders. Restorative justice is defended as a more effective means of crime prevention than punitive approaches. This paper reviews the Canadian penal system and its handling of sex offenders, examines the increasing difficulties faced in community-based management of sexual offenders in Canada, and provides a brief overview of the restorative justice initiative, Circles of Support. The Circles of Support initiative managed by the Mennonite Central Committee of Ontario focuses on the need to engage the community in the offender’s reintegration process. Community volunteers are used to aid in the management of sex offender risk. This paper studied 30, federally sentenced, high-risk sexual offenders released at sentence completion and provided with community support in the form of Circles of Support and Accountability. Results of comparisons between projected and actual recidivism show that the group of offenders included in this analysis were recidivating at a rate less than 40 percent of that expected. This study used actuarial assessment, primarily of static variables, to predict a recidivism rate which was then compared to an actual recidivism rate. I Abstract courtesy of National Criminal Justice Reference Service, www.ncjrs.org
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RJ Article Marquette University Law School Restorative Justice Initiative. The healing circle: Victims of sexual abuse by clergy share their stories.
In November 2006, a small group of people gathered at the Marquette University Law School in Milwaukee, Wisconsin to participate in an extraordinary experience called--A Healing Circle. Everyone in the room had been deeply affected by the clergy sex abuse scandal in the Catholic Church. The group included victims, a priest offender, other members of the clergy, parish staff and lay people. Over the course of several hours, the participants shared their stories of pain and broken trust. (distributors description) (63 minute video)
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Circling self-interest and democracy
reviewed by Dan Van Ness Lode Walgrave begins his exceptional 2008 book Restorative Justice, Self-interest and Responsible Citizenship like many writers on restorative justice. He reviews the ancient and recent history of restorative approaches, proposes and explains a definition of restorative justice, and outlines various restorative schemes. He then contrasts restorative approaches from contemporary criminal practice and identifies ways in which the former resolves practical and ethical problems of the latter. The person who crosses this familiar territory with Lode is well rewarded because he writes with analytical precision, a scholar’s restraint, and the passion of someone with conviction. He has much to say that is worth hearing. He once again explains clearly why he favours a maximalist definition of restorative justice, one that is not limited to deliberative schemes but which applies only to harm caused by crime. He carefully and thoroughly builds his case against punishment and against restorative justice being considered an alternative punishment rather than an alternative to punishment.
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RJ Article Editor. Justice as Healing: A Newsletter on Aboriginal Concepts of Justice - Sentencing Circle: A General Overview and Guidelines
The sentencing circle is a method of dealing with members of the community that have broken the law. A sentencing circle is conducted after the individual has been in the present western justice system and found guilty or if the accused has accepted guilt and is willing to assume their responsibility. This sentencing method encourages the offender and the community to accept responsibility and acknowledges the harm they have done to society and the victims. A sentencing circle’s aim is to shift the process of sentencing from punishment to rehabilitation and responsibility. It provides a new alternative for courts to incarceration. The sentencing circle provides an opportunity to start a healing process for both the offender and the victim. The offender is presented with the impact of their actions in front of respected community members, elders, peers, family, the victim and their family, stimulating an opportunity for real change. (excerpt)
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