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Comment Advance Mediation Paper
Great story, I'm using it in my advance mediation paper!
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RJ Article Aisha Pena. Protecting Muslim Civil and Human Rights in America:The Role of Islamic, National, and International Organizations
The focus of this article is on examining the civil and human rights of Muslims in America and the bias and prejudice that they encounter in their local communities. The paper includes a list of Muslim, national, and international civil and human rights organizations, and examines their functions. The significant functions of these organizations include providing educational opportunities for Muslims, as well as for non-Muslims, to foster cooperation and promote understanding through dialogue within and between communities. The importance of Muslim involvement with, and contribution to, these organizations, is emphasized; and Muslims are encouraged to access the services of these organizations more fully and in a proactive manner to help reduce the marginalization they currently face. The significance of political participation on the part of the Muslim communities in the wider American society is noted, and the techniques and methods of restorative justice are examined and recommended for adoption. The paper concludes with the assumption that these organizations and affiliations can help protect the civil liberties of Muslims in the US by developing within the community, a political milieu that is conducive to the protection of human rights and promotion of justice.
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RJ Article Alcoze, Thom and Robyn, Linda. The Link between Enviromental Policy and the Colonization Process and Its Effects on American Indian Involvement in Crime, Law, and Society
Present criminal justice literature does not recognize the connection between the environment and criminal justice issues as they pertain to American Indian people. This chapter is an essential piece that attempts to fill the void in understanding native issues relating to criminal justice, law, and society. For the most part, native peoples have been denied equal access to economic power in the past throughout the United States and Canada, particularly in the area of environmental resources. management. This is particularly important given the historical and contemporary connectedness of indigenous people to the land. Indigenous people have been uniformly excluded or at least marginalized when it comes to the passage of laws upon their lands. When laws are passed and decisions made that adversely affect native lands, resistance by native people occurs. In times past, native resistance to this intrusion has had violent consequences, including victimization through loss of land base, autonomy, and resulting poverty. When native people resist, oftentimes they are arrested and experience the odyssey of a journey through the criminal justice system. (excerpt)
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An alternative to suspension and expulsion: 'Circle up!'
from the story by Eric Westervelt on NPR: Oakland Unified, one of California's largest districts, has been a national leader in expanding restorative justice. The district is one-third African-American and more than 70 percent low-income. The program was expanded after a federal civil rights agreement in 2012 to reduce school discipline inequity for African-American students. At Edna Brewer Middle School, the fact that students are taking the lead — that so many want to be part of this effort — shows that it's starting to take root. "Instead of throwing a punch, they're asking for a circle, they're backing off and asking to mediate it peacefully with words," says Ta-Biti Gibson, the school's restorative justice co-director. "And that's a great thing."
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An inventory and examination of restorative justice practices for youth in Illinois
from the report prepared by Kimberly S. Burke for Illinois Criminal Justice Information Authority: ....Key findings include: • Respondents reporting using restorative justice practices were found in 54 Illinois counties, and in many different types of organizations who respond to youth misconduct, including police departments, probation and court services, schools, community-based organizations, and other state and municipal departments
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An Outcome Evaluation of Minnesota Circles of Support and Accountability (MnCoSA)
from the study by the Minnesota Department of Corrections: ....The use of the COSA model with high-risk sex offenders began in a small Mennonite community in Canada in the early 1990s. Grounded in the tenets of the restorative justice philosophy, the COSA model attempts to help sex offenders successfully reenter the community and, thus, increase public safety, by providing them with social support as they try to meet their employment, housing, treatment, and other social needs. Each COSA consists of anywhere between four and six community volunteers, one of whom is a primary volunteer, who meet with the offender on a regular basis. The results from several evaluations of the Canadian COSA model suggest it significantly reduces sex offender recidivism....
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An outcome evaluation of the InnerChange Freedom Initiative
from the research brief produced by the Minnesota Department of Corrections: To evaluate the effectiveness of the InnerChange program for male inmates at MCFLino Lakes, the DOC examined recidivism outcomes among 732 offenders released from prison between 2003 and 2009. There were 366 offenders who participated in InnerChange, had their recidivism risk assessed, and had been released from prison during the 2003-2009 period. Offenders whose recidivism risk had been assessed and had been released during the 2003-2009 period, but did not participate in InnerChange, were matched to those in the InnerChange group on commonly-known risk factors. Multivariate statistical analyses were performed to further control for other factors besides InnerChange participation that may have had an impact on recidivism. These measures were used to ensure that any observed differences in recidivism between the 366 InnerChange participants and the 366 offenders in the comparison group were due strictly to participation in InnerChange.
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RJ Article Anderson, S. Willoughby. The Past on Trial: Birmingham, the Bombing, and Restorative Justice.
The community, media, and scholarly responses to these trials point to the way that a crime's effects can reach far beyond the individual perpetrator and victim. In the context of unresolved civil rights-era violence, one murder or bombing inevitably expands outward and into the larger story of segregation and massive resistance; into the systemic, racially-based injustices of southern law enforcement; and to the New South's willingness to move quickly forward without reconciling its troubled past. Restorative justice theory, a reform movement within the criminal justice system, can help contextualize the broad consequences of these crimes. Taking the Sixteenth Street Baptist Church bombing as an example, I use restorative justice theory to expand the concept of harm resulting from this one incident. Rather than understanding the crime in traditional terms as an abstract harm against the state, we must imagine it as an act with consequences for the victims, the community at large, the offenders themselves, and the relationships among all three. By viewing this larger harm through the lens of restorative justice theory, we can expand our concept of 'victim,' and explore the need to think creatively about extrajudicial remedies that may to restore the damage wrought by crime. (excerpt)
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RJ Article Anderson, Samantha and Karp, David R. Vermont’s Restorative Reentry Program: A Pilot in Burlington’s Old North End
The Vermont Department of Corrections (VDOC) has been one of the pioneers of restorative justice in the United States. VDOC continues this role with the application of restorative principles to their reentry program. A basic component of this effort is to modify Vermont’s reparative board model to organize community volunteers more effectively for participation in restorative justice panels. A restorative justice panel consists of community volunteers who meet with offenders reentering society. Community members provide advice and support for offenders on reentry. Samantha Anderson and David Karp review a pilot program for a restorative justice panel in the Old North End of Burlington, Vermont, a district with high crime rates and a significant number of released offenders.
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RJ Article Androff, David. “To not hate”: reconciliation among victims of violence and participants of the Greensboro Truth and Reconciliation Commission.
The Greensboro Truth and Reconciliation Commission (GTRC) was an intervention promoting reconciliation among the victims and community affected by the 1979 Greensboro Massacre in North Carolina. An exploratory qualitative research design was used, in which in-depth, open-ended interviews were conducted with victims of the Greensboro Massacre who subsequently participated in the GTRC (n = 17). Findings revealed a typology of reconciliation that includes cognitive-affective, behavioral and social reconciliation. Respondents displayed different orientations in how they prioritized reconciliation with the twin goals of seeking truth and justice. The GTRC did contribute to interpersonal reconciliation, and can be a useful model of communities working to recover from violence. The cognitive-affective, behavioral and social typology of reconciliation can be used to assess other interventions aimed at promoting reconciliation. Individuals' personal orientations towards reconciliation can also be used to explain different reactions among people to restorative justice efforts. (author's abstract)
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