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Showing 10 posts published between May 01, 2009 and May 31, 2009 [Show all]

To reform or to abolish? Christian perspectives on punishment, prison, and restorative justice

From the Ave Maria Law Review article by Jordan J. Ballor: In this Essay, I will attempt to fill in a gap in preceding studies of restorative justice by paying special attention to the religious, most specifically to the Christian, perspectives on restorative justice. I will show that it is more accurate to speak of a plurality of restorative justice movements than of a unified and univocal restorative justice movement, particularly with respect to the variety of Christian approaches. In delineating the various Christian perspectives on restorative justice, I will use as a primary litmus test the various figures’ attitudes toward government coercion and punishment, most particularly with regard to incarceration, detention, and imprisonment. Attitudes toward prison provide an excellent way to map out the restorative justice landscape.

May 29, 2009 , ,

Lessons in mercy: Justice and reconciliation in the aftermath of atrocities

From Daniel Philpott's article in America: It is only natural that the Catholic Church would take an interest in reconciliation. At the source and summit of Christian life is the Eucharist, the sacramental re-enactment of the event through which sin, evil and death are defeated and friendship with God and justice are restored. Is not peacebuilding an imitation of just this transformation? And does not a global wave of societies struggling to restore justice make the present moment a propitious one for the church to offer a teaching on social reconciliation, just as it has offered teachings on war, economic development and democracy in past encyclicals?

May 29, 2009 , ,

Rethinking drug courts: Restorative justice as a response to racial injustice

From an article by Michael M O'Hear: Drug courts can produce both winners and losers when compared to conventional court processing, and there are good reasons to suspect that black defendants are considerably less likely to benefit from the implementation of a drug court than white defendants. As a result, drug courts may actually exacerbate, rather than ameliorate, racial disparities in the incarceration rate for drug crimes.

May 28, 2009 , ,

Restorative justice in the Chronicle of Higher Education

From ADR Prof Blog: The Chronicle today ran an article about restorative justice programs on campuses. I paste much of the text of it below.

Howard Zehr's "Restorative justice three's"

from Howard's blog: To summarize restorative justice as a way of addressing wrongdoing, we might put it in a series of “threes:”

May 27, 2009 ,

Restorative Justice: Working with students

Part 2 of a series in the Badger Herald: While restorative justice programs are showing up across the country for many different state and federal criminals, the University of Colorado-Boulder and Skidmore College, among others, have decided to adopt such programs to introduce their students to non-traditional penalties.

May 27, 2009 ,

More from El Salvador: Victims of abuses during civil war speak out at International Tribunal

From the blog Voices on the Border: The International Tribunal for Restorative Justices opened a public forum for people who had suffered human rights abuses during El Salvador’s civil war. The three-day event was hosted at the Central American University as part of its Truth Festival, a week-long program in commemoration of the anniversary of Monseñor Romero’s assassination.

"Tribunal of Restorative Justice" in El Salvador

From Tim's El Salvador Blog: El Salvador's civil war ended seventeen years ago. Immediately after the war, a UN Truth Commission heard testimony about many crimes and atrocities committed during the war and issued its report, "From Madness to Hope" in 1993. Rather than institute the recommendations of the report for a process of national reconciliation and justice for the victims, the Salvadoran National Assembly quickly passed a law providing for amnesty for all events occurring during the war years.

Martin Wright: We need restorative justice

While these figures do not directly relate to restorative justice, in my opinion they demonstrate the need for it.

May 25, 2009

This pro made some rookie mistakes

From Kris Miner's blog Restorative Justice and Circles: I did “power” circle recently, I took on a deeply personal and emotional issue. A Circle of Understanding was held, no intention to change anyones stance, but to create more understanding. To bring people together to hear the other side of the issue. The topic was gay marriage. After some dialouge in the campus newspaper, it was offered to bring people together, in a Circle.

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