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Face-to-face way to empower victims
from the op-ed by Mark Burns-Williamson in The Yorkshire Post: Burglaries, anti-social behaviour and low level crime including noise nuisance, affect lives and destroy confidence. They mean people live in fear in their own homes, cause untold damage to victims and can also ruin the lives of those committing these offences. Victims can feel devastated and left wondering why they were targeted, while the offenders seldom stop to think about the implications of their actions and can and often do go on to reoffend. This is where restorative justice can come in to present an alternative approach....
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Justice takes to the streets of LA
from the article by Mike Feuer in Los Angeles Times: Since charter reform paved the way for neighborhood councils, Los Angeles has made steady progress toward a more neighborhood-centered government. But up to now, that hasn't included neighborhood-centered justice.
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Restorative justice is a win-win
from the article by John D. Due Jr. for CNN.com: ....The larger question this case raises is the role of the police force in a community. Is it to be at war with the community on a militarized basis to destroy the enemy in a zero-sum game of winners and losers? Does this mean we need to train our police in anti-terrorism and war games with a military orientation of being a winner against a loser?....
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Mediated dialogues and systemic change in Northern Ireland ‘Policing Our Divided Society(PODS) 1996-2003
from the article by Duncan Morrow, Brendan McAllister, Joe Campbell, & Derick Wilson: ...Within this context of ‘chronic crisis’, Mediation Northern Ireland (MNI) engaged with part of the police leadership to try to expand and design possibilities for ‘reflective space’ as a development of mediation within which a different form of safety could be established, at least for a small leadership group, called a “development group”. This development group sat both within, and at a distance from, the organisation and had a mandate from the Chief Constable to do so. The task was to establish frameworks within which reflection on experience, honesty about the costs of suspicion and challenge from outside could be both articulated, probed and acknowledged, in radical contrast to the normative expectations of a society in conflict.
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St. Louis program helps police and public smooth over minor conflicts
from the article in the St. Louis Post -Dispatch: If you think a city cop was rude, cursed at you or treated you unfairly, you might have a chance to hammer out your differences in a face-to-face chat. St. Louis police are running a pilot program aimed at resolving bitter but relatively minor conflicts between citizens and officers. So far, the department has resolved 15 complaints through mediation since the program started in October 2011, said Lt. Scott Gardner, an internal affairs commander.
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Nelson Police Department rolls out innovative restorative justice program
From the article in the Boundary Sentinel: The Nelson Police Department is advocating for the introduction of a Restorative Justice program as an option to laying criminal charges when a crime has been committed.
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‘What We All Want is Respect’
from the article by Candace McCoy: What’s next for police-neighborhood relationships in New York City? All parties know that aggressive stop-and-frisk practices must change. A federal judge said so.
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Chief constable: Restorative justice means I can now encourage family members to report crime
from the article in the Northern Echo: A Chief constable pledged his commitment to restorative justice schemes after admitting the approach means he now feels comfortable encouraging relatives to report crimes. Restorative justice, which allows victims to meet offenders and discuss the impact of crime, is being increasingly used to tackle crimes and anti-social behaviour in the North-East after research proved it can cut reoffending by up to 27 per cent.
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Why a court case is not always the answer
from the article from the Spalding Guardian: Spalding’s top policeman has explained the force’s use of cautions and offering restorative justice settlements to offenders rather than taking them to court. Inspector Jim Tyner has come forward after Lincolnshire Police were criticised over a case in Spalding when Hayley Clayton was knocked unconscious in the street.
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Putting victims at the heart of justice
from the article in the Oldham Evening Chronicle: Greater Manchester’s Police and Crime Commissioner (PCC) wants to use restorative justice to put victims at the centre of the punishment process. Tony Lloyd and his new deputy Jim Battle set out their plans to encourage offenders to take responsibility for their actions by apologising to their victim and repairing damage.
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