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Showing 10 posts published between Apr 01, 2010 and Apr 30, 2010 [Show all]

Will it go 'round in circles?

from Stanley B. Chambers, Jr's article in the Durham News:

Even as a 70-year-old grandmother, Daisy Waring admits she's still learning about herself. This lesson, though, comes at a high price.

Her grandson, Byron Lamar Waring, is on death row for the 2005 Raleigh stabbing death of Lauren Redman.

No one talks about it in her small town of Eutawville, S.C. So she kept her sadness and depression bottled up. She felt alone.

Waring first learned about healing circles while attending a conference in 2007 for those like her. The tradition has been used for centuries to resolve conflict and make important community decisions.

Healing circles have helped Waring so much that she travels to Durham every December for an event sponsored by the Capital Restorative Justice Project.

"It really helped me to grow because I really felt empty," Waring said. "Cried all the time. When I leave them, I have hope that it's going to be all right.

"It's an ongoing thing, but every day it gets better, and I'm learning to cope from it."

Apr 30, 2010 , , ,

Making sure no child offender is left behind

From the article by Glynnis Underhill in the Mail and Guardian Online:

South Africa had finally fallen in line with the trend of most other countries, including several in Africa, which, for many years, have had separate laws dealing with child offenders.

"The Child Justice Act is new. In South African law we have never previously had a separate law that sets out how to deal with child offenders," said Ann Skelton, director of the Centre for Child Law at the University of Pretoria and an authority on the subject.

"We have previously had to make do with the Criminal Procedure Act, which is the general criminal justice system for all offenders."

The Child Justice Act has established a criminal justice system for minors that expands on and entrenches the principles of restorative justice in the criminal justice system, Skelton said. It ensures children's responsibility and accountability for crimes they have committed. Skelton applauded the Act for placing an increased emphasis on the effective rehabilitation and reintegration of children to minimise the risk of them reoffending.


Apr 29, 2010 , , ,

School takes no bully approach

from Sarah Collerton's article on ABC News:

....Some parents have accused schools of ignoring bullying problems, while others have looked for strategies to stamp out "modern" schoolyard violence.

But Brisbane Catholic school Villanova College is using an alternative method to tackle its bullying problem.

The school, for grade five to senior boys, implemented restorative practice (RP) in 2004, inspired by an Australian Story episode on a former policeman's restorative justice work.

Villanova says it no longer uses the term "bully", instead preferring "wrongdoer", "offender" or "the guy who did the wrong thing".

And it regularly holds Circle Time, which involves small groups of younger students talking about things that are worrying them.

In more serious cases of bullying, there is the "powerful and emotionally gruelling" Community Conference, where parents, teachers and other key stakeholders intervene.

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Judicial system fails in hate crime

from the article by Ian Gillespie in the London Free Press:

....How do you respond when you're targeted simply because you're you?

That's a hate crime -- when someone is victimized because of their race, religion, ethnic origin, sexual orientation or physical and mental abilities.

And while any crime is awful and traumatic for its victims, hate crimes are particularly repugnant because they're attacks against the essence of a person.

That's why last week's court decision involving an attack upon a gay man is so lamentable.

Apr 28, 2010 ,

Senate Concurrent Resolution: Requesting the Department of Public Safety to factilitate the delivery of the Huikahi Restorative Circles Program in Hawai'i Correctional Facilities.

On 22 April, the Hawai'i State Legislature passed the Senate Concurrent Resolution 192 requesting that the department of public safety facilitate delivery of Huikahi Restorative Circles in state correctional facilities. Below are excerpts from the legislation:

Apr 28, 2010 , , ,

Youths who broke into Pendle firm apologise

from the article in Lancashire Telegraph:

A gang of youths which drove a forklift truck around a factory after breaking in have been forced to meet with bosses from the firm.

The eight youngsters avoided court and were instead ordered to take part in the restorative justice programme.

They met with bosses from Carlson Filtration, in Barnoldswick, and heard how their actions had impacted on the company.

The group broke into the factory, in Butts Mill, last month, and drove forklift trucks around, causing £2,000 worth of damage.

Apr 27, 2010 , , ,

Va. OKs bill to let violent crime victims meet with death row inmates

from Dena Potter's story on

Lorraine Whoberry tried for years to meet face-to-face with her daughter's killer before he was executed last month. She was repeatedly denied.

So the day after she witnessed his execution, Whoberry sat down with Gov. Bob McDonnell and asked for his help. A bill was making its way through the Virginia General Assembly that would allow victims of violent crime to meet with the perpetrators, but it excluded those on death row and juveniles.

McDonnell amended the bill to allow victims to meet with inmates on death row. On Wednesday, the General Assembly unanimously approved the change.

Although more than half of the states have victim-offender mediation programs, advocates said Virginia would be one of the first to cement it in state law. Virginia also becomes one of only a handful that allow meetings with death row inmates.

“Even though it's not going to affect us, at least we've got something done,” Whoberry said when told about the change.

Apr 27, 2010 , , , , ,

Restorative justice to be tried

from Sean Rose's story in the Courier-Journal:

Accompanied by the applause and cheers of 2,000 people, local court and school officials pledged Monday night to initiate a pilot program in an alternative means of disciplining youths called restorative justice.

The action came at a meeting of Citizens of Louisville Organized and United Together, or CLOUT, an organization of predominantly Louisville churches. CLOUT chose to push the approach as the focus of its annual Nehemiah Action Assembly at the Kentucky International Convention Center in an effort to plug what it called the “school to prison pipeline.”

Apr 26, 2010

A Focus on victims of crime: A review of victims' rights. Public consultation document.

From the Consultation document published by the New Zealand Ministry in December 2009:

The purpose of this consultation document is to seek your submission on the Ministry of Justice‟s preliminary proposals (outlined on pages 49-51) that aim to improve government agencies‟ responses to victims of crime and to enhance victims‟ rights and role in criminal justice processes.

To be responsive to the needs of all victims of crime, including Māori, the proposals in this document are consistent with the concept and values embodied in Poutama Manaaki.1 Poutama Manaaki describes a process of making a positive transition from one point to another, and depicts a recovery and regaining strength through understanding and information. Our aim is for all victims of crime to be supported throughout their involvement in the criminal justice process.

The proposals in this consultation document focus on victims‟ involvement in the „criminal justice system‟ from the time a crime occurs until the offender completes his or her sentence. This will include victims‟ involvement with the Police (or other prosecuting authorities), the court processes (including the trial), and the custody and parole of convicted offenders. The benefits of a criminal justice system that is responsive to victims are twofold:

New Items in the RJ Online Database

New additions to the RJ Online research database over the last few weeks covered several issues related to youth justice, Indigenous groups,victim participation, re-entry, cultural competence and peacebuilding.

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