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RJ Article Yazzie, Robert. The Navajo Response to Crime
Yazzie, writing as Chief Justice of the Navajo Nation, describes basic principles and practices of a traditional Navajo response to crime and relates them to restorative justice. For example, in the Navajo perspective an offender is one who shows little regard for right relationships. The traditional response to an offense is "to talk the problem out with respect" in a conference with the offender and his or her relatives, and the victim and his or her relatives. Others from the community may also participate. A respected "peacemaker" (something like a mediator) conducts the process.
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This Note explores whether incorporating a restorative justice philosophy can begin to break the systemic racism that infiltrates the U.S. criminal justice system. Specifically, this Note looks at Canada’s decision to implement a form of affirmative action that incorporates restorative justice in its sentencing procedures. Part I further details racially disparate sentencing in both the United States and Canada. Part II introduces the theory of restorative justice, details how restorative justice is being integrated in both countries and examines how restorative justice addresses racially disproportionate sentencing in Canada. Part III discusses why Canada’s attempt to use restorative justice legislation to curb disparate prison sentencing practices against minorities should not be applied in the United States at present. Finally, this Note suggests that despite all this, it is important for the United States to push forward in restorative justice programs. (excerpt)
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Youth United: We have a solution - restorative justice
from the entry by Haydi Torres and Blancy Rosales on Women in and beyond the Global: ....When students are suspended, we don’t get a chance to work on whatever it was that made us act out in the first place. And being sent home from school makes us feel like we don’t matter, that our school does not care about or believe in us.
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Youth win on Chicago Public Schools guards, grievance process
from the article by Curtis Black on In a victory for two youth organizing drives, CPS has agreed to establish a grievance procedure for students experiencing violence, harassment or discrimination, and to pilot a program training security guards to use principles of restorative justice in their work. Both campaigns promote the restorative justice approach – emphasizing accountability as an alternative to zero tolerance and punitive discipline – as a more effective approach to reducing violence, said Sam Finkelstein of GenderJust, an LGTB student group that protested at CPS headquarters and at CPS chief Ron Huberman’s home to demand a grievance procedure.
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RJ Article Zarefoss, Amy D. On the ground in Pennsylvania: A restorative response to the crash of United Airlines Flight 93
On September 11, 2001, terrorists hijacked four commercial airliners to fly them as weapons against targets in the United States. Three planes hit the terrorists’ targets. One plane crashed in a field near Somerset, Pennsylvania, after a struggle between hijackers and travelers on the plane. The crash in the field diverted that plane from whatever target the hijackers intended to hit. Director of Somerset’s Communities That Care, Amy Zarefoss recounts how people provided support and care for the thousands of emergency workers, airline representatives, investigators, media personnel, and families of crash victims who came to the area of the crash site over the next days and weeks. As she puts it, local people practiced elements of a restorative response to trauma and crime without even knowing it.
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RJ Article Zion, James W. and Yazzie, Robert. Navajo peacemaking: original dispute resolution and a life way
This analysis of Navajo peacemaking attempts to describe how Navajos use concepts of norms and institutions in a traditional justice process. It shows that there are similarities and differences between restorative justice principles in general and ‘Navajo restorative justice’ and identifies points of divergence. However, as the concept of restorative justice evolves, because it is a plastic term for many manifestations of problem-solving outside adjudications, Navajo peacemaking is an example of an indigenous approach and a potential model. There are some who say that peacemaking is so spiritually and culturally unique to Navajos that it cannot be replicated, but the authors of this chapter maintain that while it is unique, it is also an example of the human ability to solve problems in a nonviolent and non-authoritarian way. It allows, and encourages, people to solve their own problems, and over two decades of practice shows that the process works. (excerpt)
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