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Dan Van Ness: Restorative justice and the problem of minority over-representation
Over-representation of minorities in the criminal justice system is a problem around the world. It raises questions about the fairness of the justice system itself and of how larger social justice problems influence the justice system.
Located in Restorative Justice Online Blog -- RJOB
File McCold, P., J. Llewellyn, and D.Van Ness. 2007. An Introduction to Restorative Peacebuilding. Briefing Paper 1. Restorative Peacebuilding Project. Working Party on Restorative Justice. Alliance of NGOs on Crime Prevention and Criminal Justice (NY).
The work of peacebuilding in postconflict societies presents significant challenges and opportunities. This paper introduces restorative peacebuilding, and explores its implications for the work of the United Nations Peacebuilding Commission (Commission) and postconflict societies. This is the first of a series of papers to provide information and support to post-conflict societies and to the Commission regarding the use of restorative justice in the work of peacebuilding. It is offered as an invitation to explore a new way of thinking about justice, and to initiate dialogue about restorative peacebuilding. (excerpt)
Located in Full-Text Documents at RJ Online
In-Prison Victim Offender Dialogue in the US
Victim Offender Dialogue programmes in prisons provide an opportunity for victims and victim survivors to meet with their offenders to discuss the crime and issues surrounding it.
Located in Previous Editions / 2008 / September 2008
Dan Van Ness: Indigenous dispute resolution and restorative justice
It is common to link restorative justice and customary principles and traditional practices of justice. The argument is that the underlying beliefs of customary justice are that justice should repair harm and that the parties themselves should participate in deciding how that is done. These are principles shared by restorative justice. However, there is a dark side to this relationship.
Located in Restorative Justice Online Blog -- RJOB
The Taliban and restorative justice
Himal Southasia is a regional magazine published in Nepal. This article in the January 2009 issue by Aunohita Mojumdar, the magazine’s Kabul-based contributing editor, suggests that former Taliban practices were an extreme form of generally-accepted customary laws in the region that are based on tribal codes and restorative justice principles.
Located in Restorative Justice Online Blog -- RJOB
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. "
Located in Full-Text Documents at RJ Online
File Workman, Kim. The Future of Restorative Justice – Control, Co-option, and Co-operation
This paper explores the history of restorative justice in New Zealand and lays out a course for the future.
Located in Full-Text Documents at RJ Online
Comment informal favouritism by state agents
I recently completed a project, at the prison Reform Trust, in which we consulted Black and Minority Ethnic prisoners about how they were affected by [...]
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File Schechtman, Lisa. Applications of Peacemaking Circles in Meeting the Mental Health Needs of Torture Survivors
Although restorative justice is based in very old traditional practices, its widespread use in the modern criminal justice system is a relatively recent phenomenon, as is described in further detail in Chapter 4. Restorative justice is increasingly a topic of serious research and its practice is now more common than even a decade earlier. However, sub-practices of restorative justice— particularly Peacemaking Circles, the topic of this paper—in mental health settings and research into applications thereof are apparently rare and quite limited. As such, the work contained herein is highly theoretical, combining a substantial literature review with limited primary research designed to assist in the proposal of applications of Peacemaking Circles to the mental health of torture survivors and other survivors of human rights violations.
Located in Full-Text Documents at RJ Online
File Yav Katshung, Joseph. 2008. Truth Commissions and Prosecutions: 
Two Sides of the Same Coin?
Truth commissions have been multiplying rapidly around the world and gaining increasing attention in recent years. They are proposed for different reasons and driven by diverse motives. They can be used firstly, for the purpose of national reconciliation and in the interests of the society; secondly, sometimes they can be used to avoid accountability or prosecution and merely to shield an offender from justice. It is important to look at their relationship to prosecutions and justice in an immediate and historical sense. Are TRC's designed to generate more truth, more justice, reparations, and genuine institutional reform? Or are they designed to undermine the State’s and society’s legal, ethical and political obligations to their people? This gives us opportunity to share views on adequate truth commissions and their relationship with prosecutions. (excerpt)
Located in Full-Text Documents at RJ Online