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Restorative justice White Paper: A ray of hope

From Elaine Attard's article in the Malta Independent Online: Lino* is not worried about his son James* not finding a job when he is free from his prison sentence. He works hard on learning and gaining new job skills. James hopes to acquire his remission and leave prison as soon as possible to reunite with his family.

What James doesn’t know is that his wife is not willing to accept him back home. She could not cope with the crisis brought over by the fact that James is in prison. She is in a state of rebellion, and has decided to return the pain he caused her. Lino hopes that someone could help James.

Jun 30, 2009

Vermont’s juvenile justice teaches kids community can help

From Julia Steiny's column at

This is the third of four columns in a series about the nation’s oldest and most mature restorative juvenile justice system.

Jun 30, 2009 , , ,

Restorative Practices and the Transformation at West Philadelphia High School

From Laura Mirsky's article for the Restorative Practices E-Forum

West Philadelphia High School has undergone a transformation. It has been on Pennsylvania’s “Persistently Dangerous Schools” list for six years, but the implementation of restorative practices and strong leadership, headed by principal Saliyah Cruz, have made a huge difference. The culture and climate of the school have improved significantly, violent and serious incidents have plummeted, and rates of discipline procedures such as suspensions and expulsions have decreased dramatically.

Jun 29, 2009 , , , ,

Police Chief backs justice reform

From the BBC News story: The chief constable of Scotland's second largest police force has backed plans to scrap short prison sentences in favour of community punishments.

Jun 29, 2009 , , ,

Book Review: Restorative justice: From theory to practice, Holly Ventura Miller, ed.

"Sociology of Crime, Law and Deviance" is an annual series published by Emerald Group Pub, Ltd. of scholarly work in criminology and criminal justice studies, sociology of law, and the sociology of deviance. This volume, edited by Holly Ventura Miller, is dedicated to restorative justice.

Jun 26, 2009 , , , , ,

Liberia national conference concludes with the Virginia Declaration

The Liberian Truth and Reconciliation Commission recently sponsored a National Conference on Reconciliation in Virginia, Liberia. Delegates came from all parts of the country as well as abroad, included representatives of all races, clans and tribes, and consisted of perpetrators as well as victims.

On June 19, 2009, the conference issued The Virginia Declaration: A Call For a Way Forward to a New Liberia through Reconciliation and Justice resulting from the National Truth and Reconciliation Processes Culminating in the National Conference on Reconciliation Held at the Unity Conference Center in Virginia, Liberia.

Among its provisions were calls for individual and community reparations, prosecution of leaders of warring factions during the conflict as well as use of "under the palava hut" approaches to deal with participants who have confessed their part and who seek forgiveness.

Jun 26, 2009 ,

Advocating for restorative justice before a legislative body: How to make the case

By Lisa Rea

I testified before the California Senate Public Safety Committee on June 16 in support of AB 114 (Carter), legislation which provides for restorative justice for nonviolent juvenile offenders. Crime victim Russ Turner also joined me during the hearing and added his own perspective on the legislation.

Russ talked about the loss of his son, Jeremy, who was killed instantly by a young man, 22 years old, who was driving while intoxicated (alcohol, and drugs). Rarely do public officials hear from victim survivors who support restorative justice but they should. The number of victims of crime who support restorative justice is growing throughout the U.S. and abroad. For law makers to hear directly from these victims is very important when making the case for restorative justice.

Jun 25, 2009 , , ,

Howard Zehr on what restorative justice and revenge have in common

From his blog entry

Before you gasp and close this page, stay with me.  I’m not trying to rehabilitate the practice of revenge or retribution.  Nor is my intention to discount the importance of forgiveness.  I do want to explore an underlying link between them, however.

Jun 25, 2009 , , ,

Restorative Justice Week 2009

From the letter by Director General Terry Richardson of Correctional Service of Canada

I am pleased to announce the theme, "Communities Responding to Human Needs", for Restorative Justice Week 2009, which will be held November 15-22, 2009. When thinking about this year's theme, the principle of Inclusion, comes to mind automatically. Contrary to the actual Canadian Criminal Justice System, a restorative justice approach is based on the engagement of all people that are affected by the crime; victim, offender, families and communities.

Jun 24, 2009

Building new prisons costly – cheaper options needed: [New Zealand] PM

From the article in  Building new prisons is outrageously expensive and alternatives such as housing prisoners in converted shipping containers have to be considered, Prime Minister John Key said today.

Corrections Minister Judith Collins has floated the idea of prisoners building their own cells from shipping containers.

Opponents say the proposal is inhumane.

Mr Key said it was only one idea to get around a serious problem due to a lack of prison space.

"It's one of a number (of options)... and I can't tell you if it is likely to take place."

Jun 24, 2009 , , ,

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