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"Belinda's Petition" a perfect primer on the subject of reparations
from Mike Barber's entry on The Huffington Post: Only 65 pages in length, Belinda's Petition is exactly what it describes itself to be: a concise overview of the long history of struggle to repair the damage wrought by the transatlantic slave trade, making it a perfect primer on the subject of reparations. Winbush begins with the story of the first formal record of a petition for reparations made in the US, which was made in Massachusetts in 1783 by an ex-slave known only as "Belinda". Belinda, who was about 70 years old at this time and had been kidnapped from her home in Ghana before her 12th birthday, petitioned the Massachusetts legislature for the years of unpaid labour for her former slave master. Belinda argued that Isaac Royall--who had since escaped to Nova Scotia--profited from her labour, which entitled her to lay claim to his estate. She won and was granted £15,12 shillings per year payable from the Royall family estate. From there, Belinda's Petition moves through the different epochs of the reparations movement from the early 15th Century to the present. By correcting misconceptions and exposing myths about the reparations movement, Winbush shines a light on what is arguably the greatest crime against humanity to date.
Located in Restorative Justice Online Blog -- RJOB
"Just get a rock and talk"
from Robert C. Koehler's article on New. Clear. Vision: The circle was held shortly after Christmas. Elizabeth and Peter were the keepers. The participants were Bill, Andrea, Alyssa and the young girl’s two grandfathers. It lasted about eight hours, far longer than most subsequent circles (the average length is two hours), but it ended with an agreement between Bill and Andrea. “I got more accomplished in eight hours than a year in court,” he said.
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"The public wants to be involved": A roundtable conversation about community and restorative justice
from the report by Robert V. Wolf for the Center for Court Innovation: When participants were asked to list the goals of community engagement, six areas attracted broad support: 1. Empowering communities While the concept of giving community members more power is a key ingredient of many initiatives, the nature of the power varies. In San Francisco’s Neighborhood Courts, community volunteers have the authority to determine guilt and can even dismiss cases while volunteers on Atlanta’s restorative justice panels can only adjust the terms of a sentence handed down by a court. For defenders, empowerment involves education—specifically educating the public about the role of defense organizations and navigating the justice system. “Our goal is to help people understand what we do and clarify our role and to trust us,” said James Berry, of the Public Defender Service for the District of Columbia. “We don’t feel an obligation to promote the police or prosecutors, but we do have an interest in helping people to understand what we do and how we help to balance the equation.”
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'Justice' can take different forms: Traditional punishment isn't always the best way
from the editorial in the Des Moines Register: ....Charleston accused McCarthy of paying only “lip service” to restorative justice. McCarthy insisted Charleston doesn’t even understand what that term means. “You need to get a book and look it up,” he said. That might not be a bad idea for many of us. What are they talking about? Howard Zehr wrote the widely cited, best-selling “The Little Book of Restorative Justice” for people “who have heard the term and are curious about what it implies.”
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'Restorative practices': Discipline but different
from the article by Nirvi Shah in Education Week: At City Springs and many other schools across the country, restorative practices are about holding students accountable and getting them to right a wrong. The approach is getting more notice than ever as criticism grows of zero-tolerance disciplinary policies that often require out-of-school suspension and expulsion. Educators are turning to restorative practices, peer courts in middle and high schools, and related efforts in the hopes of changing students' bad behaviors rather than simply kicking them out of school as punishment and risking disconnecting them from school altogether. "It's about building relationships and having [students] do what you want them to do because they want to do it—not because they're afraid of what the consequences are," said Rhonda Richetta, the principal of City Springs, which has 624 students. "We really want kids to change."
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'Talking stick' helps facilitate restorative justice response to destructive behaviors
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'US Should significantly reduce rate of incarceration,' says new report
from the article on Phys.org: Given the minimal impact of long prison sentences on crime prevention and the negative social consequences and burdensome financial costs of U.S. incarceration rates, which have more than quadrupled in the last four decades, the nation should revise current criminal justice policies to significantly reduce imprisonment rates, says a new report from the National Research Council.
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RJ Article . Family group conferencing: A pilot project within the juvenile court system in Louisville, Kentucky.
The following article will: 1) define family group conferencing and provide evidence that supports its effectiveness; 2)discuss the step-by-step process of implementing and sustaining the Restorative Justice Louisville pilot project; 3) provide data from the 73 cases referred to the pilot project; and 4) discuss overcoming barriers and other lessons learned from the implementation of RJ practices in the juvneile system in Louisville, Kentucky. This in-depth review will assist lawyers, judges, and community stakeholders in other jurisdictions who are attempting to implement RJ practices with young offenders. (excerpt)
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RJ Article . Foreword: New voices in mental health and drug courts.
Youth Court. Street Court. Homeless Court. Mental Health Court. Drug Court. Domestic Violence Court. Community Court. Veterans Court. Such specialty courts are sweeping the nation as manifestations of a problem-solving movement in which judges choose to use therapeutic jurisprudence (TJ) principles to focus on the treatment and resolution of interpersonal and psychological issues that underlie legal problems rather than emphasize punishment or blame.(excerpt)
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RJ Article . Healing the wounds: An examination of veterans treatment courts in the context of restorative justice.
Controversy exists regarding whether specialized courts, specifically drug courts, adhere to the restorative justice model. Veterans treatment courts (VTCs) are the newest programmatic innovation in the specialized court arena and have not been widely studied to date. This study utilizes data from the first in-depth case study of a VTC and explores whether it embodies the restorative justice ideal. Using both quantitative and qualitative data, we find that the VTC does not fully embody the restorative justice agenda, but it adheres closer to the ideal than drug courts.(author's abstract)
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