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Julie and Anthony’s story
from the Restorative Justice Council's Restorative justice in youth offending teams information pack: After Anthony, 15, lost his temper during a game of football and assaulted another boy, he was offered the chance to take part in a restorative justice conference. Here, Anthony and his mum Julie explain how it helped them to move on from the incident and deal with his behaviour. Anthony: I was playing football and there was a lad there called Ben*. He had come out with me and my friends a few times before but I didn't really know him well. During the game I thought that Ben had kicked me but he hadn't really done anything. I got really angry. I just lost it for no reason whatsoever. After the game as he was walking off I chased after him and as he turned around I hit him in the face and cut his eye open. After that I just ran home....
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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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World needs to find alternatives to putting children in jail
from the article by Astrid Zweynert in The Daily Mail: An estimated one million children are in jail around the world, a violation of child rights principles that say detention should only be a measure of last resort, a leading campaigner said on Monday.... The effects can be devastating. Children are likely to be exposed to abuse and violence, including from the police, security forces, their peers or adult detainees, said Vito Angelillo, chief executive of aid agency Terre des Hommes....
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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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For New Orleans, restorative justice means reconciliation
from the article in the Ionia Sentinel Standard: When Chris Gunther, New Orleans, La.'s coordinator for the National Forum on Youth Violence Prevention and a Health Department lead, reached out to stakeholders throughout New Orleans, a student advocacy group called Rethinkers made clear to him and his Forum team the need to expand restorative approaches to conflict in schools.
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Circle process helps hold youth accountable for drinking, driving, drug offenses
from the article by Joshua Wachtel: St. Croix Valley Restorative Justice Program (SCVRJP), based in River Falls, Wisconsin, USA, has developed a unique practice for working with young adults who have been arrested for crimes such as underage drinking, possession of drugs and paraphernalia, disorderly conduct and teen driving offenses. Using a restorative circle process, SCVRJP brings together offenders referred by the local courts, universities and high schools, who meet together with previous offenders and other community volunteers who have been impacted by these issues. A volunteer circle-keeper facilitates a focused discussion to present information to participants and to share a variety of perspectives.
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SA courts release comic book to mark 20 years of success with restorative justice for young offenders
from the article in the Courier Mail: The state’s courts will mark 20 years of restorative justice with a special comic book explaining how victims and young offenders can work together to address and reduce harm. Family Conference: Justice for Young Offenders in South Australia will be officially released tomorrow by the Courts Administration Authority.
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Restorative justice helps Gloucestershire's sliding youth crime rates
from the article in the Gloucester Citizen: Radical steps to reduce numbers of Gloucestershire child criminals are showing signs of success with a 70 per cent drop in young offending. Research shows county arrests have dropped from 3,035 in 2008 to 920 in 2013. Gloucestershire Police are hailing restorative justice schemes, where children apologise to victims and undertake community payback to atone for their crimes.
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Police to use restorative justice in fatal bullying case
from the article in the Jakarta Post: The Indonesian Child Protection Commission (KPAI) said it supported the Jakarta Police’s decision to use restorative justice when dealing with a sixth grader that allegedly beat up another student so severely that the child died. KPAI secretary-general Erlinda said law enforcers should not criminalize the underage student, identified as SY, because this would not help the suspect, the victim’s family or the state.
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Restorative justice sees number of Wigan youths entering criminal justice system drop 82%
from the article in Mancunian Matters: The number of youths in Wigan entering the criminal justice system has dropped a record 82% since 2005, according to new figures. Less than 100 young people have fallen foul of the law in the borough in 2013/14, with Wigan Council’s restorative justice service playing a part in pushing the figures down.
Located in Restorative Justice Online Blog -- RJOB