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RJ Online Library

One of the main attractions on Restorative Justice Online is  the research database with over 9600 citations of restorative justice publications ranging from academic publications to practice manuals to research reports to policy documents, etc.

Below is a list of items recently added to the database.

Effects of crime on kids underestimated

from Thabiso Thakali's article on iol.co.za:

...."The significance of this study was to capture unreported cases of crime and victimisation against young people," she said.

Leoschut said the study found that different types of crimes led to distinct forms of post-traumatic stress disorder among youths.

"A lot of them suffer from psychological stress and become more aggressive after being victimised."

Oct 30, 2009 , , , , ,

Justice and the juvenile offender

from Cynthya Porter's article in Winona Post:

October is the 10th anniversary of Restorative Justice in Winona County. This year coordinators Jessica Radke and Joyce Packard have shepherded 32 juvenile offenders through the unconventional process that has gained popularity throughout the world.

Oct 30, 2009 ,

Offenders, victims resolve their own cases

from Shane Benjamin's article in the Durango Herald:

Zane Wells, 22, drank too much one night at El Rancho. In a stupor, he kicked a door and caused about $300 in damage.

He was arrested for criminal mischief, a misdemeanor. But instead of letting the courts resolve the case, he was selected to participate in a victim-offender mediation program, where he could apologize to the business owners and hash out a mutual resolution.

At first, bar owners Chip and Chris Lile were reluctant to participate in such a program. They felt victimized by Wells’ actions and wanted the courts to enact justice.

“My thoughts were, it was a way for somebody to avoid trouble with the courts and get out of what they did,” Chip Lile said.

Oct 29, 2009

A new kind of justice

from Rebecca Webber's article in Parade Magazine:

From Fresno, Calif., to Hempstead, N.Y., hundreds of communities in the country are using “ restorative justice” to deal with criminals. Offenders must take responsibility for their actions and try to repair the harm they’ve done—by apologizing, returning stolen money, or doing community service, for example. “People find a way to right the wrong, and that’s the beauty of it,” says Beverly Title, who runs a program in Longmont, Colo. Restorative justice can work in lieu of the criminal-justice system or in partnership with it.

Oct 29, 2009 ,

Accreditation blueprint: Proposal to the Restorative Justice Consortium

from the Executive Summary:

In 2008, the Restorative Justice Consortium commissioned a consultancy, JPA Europe Limited, to conduct a 12 month project to define and test accreditation for restorative practice and based on the results develop a blueprint to map out the way forward in accreditation for the restorative practice sector.

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Justice group welcome

from Saoirse32:

A Unionist councillor has welcomed news that a community restorative justice scheme in Newry and south Armagh has received official government status.

The CRJ scheme, based in Mullaghbawn, received government accreditation on Thursday following an inspection by Criminal Justice Inspection NI (CJI).

The inspection reported that the UN principles on Restorative Justice were being observed by the organisation and that senior police officers working in Newry and south Armagh indicated that a relationship which held promise for the future is developing.

Oct 28, 2009 , , , ,

The power of art

from Maggie's entry on ...here comes the Sun Philadelphia...:

So October is Mural Arts Month, get pumped people.

“A Love Letter for You” is currently the featured project for The Philadelphia Mural Arts Program.  This awesome program is celebrating 25 years for making the city of brotherly love beautiful. This program unities both artists and communities through the traditions of mural making. It is program that builds community by transforming public spaces into beautiful pieces of art and helps change peoples lives.

Gubernatorial candidates in California talk prisons & prison reform

by Lisa Rea

Some weeks ago the Sacramento Bee did a story on the five candidates running for governor of California, thus far, and their views on prisons and criminal justice policies. It is hard to say that any of the responses are encouraging or enlightened.  In fact, it left me wondering where's the vision? Where's the bold leadership?

Many of the responses showed a lack of understanding of the prison crisis the state faces and some of the responses showed a surprising amount of ignorance.  The declared or soon to be declared candidates include Republicans:   businesswoman Meg Whitman, state insurance commissioner Steve Poizner, and former congressman and state legislator Tom Campbell. The Democrats include state attorney general and former governor Jerry Brown and mayor of San Francisco Gavin Newsom. Many of the candidate's comments reflected some of the same rhetoric heard this year in the California Legislature. The state is faced with severe prison overcrowding with increasing threats by federal courts to reduce its prison population. This has made prison reform more than a hot topic; some might call it “toxic”. 

Oct 27, 2009 , , ,

SFCG Morocco Celebrates New Mediation Centers

From the Common Ground Blog 

Search for Common Ground (SFCG)  Morocco recently celebrated the opening of two mediation centers in Casablanca. The openings mark the culmination of the team’s project aimed at providing mediation training for youth.

The project is titled, “Mitigating Communal Conflict by Engaging Youth Constructively in Local Democratic and Economic Development Through the Establishment of Youth Community and Mediation Centers in Casablanca and Tetouan.”

Oct 26, 2009 , , ,

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