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Restorative justice and the BP catastrophe

from Carolyn Raffensperger's entry on Science & Environmental Health Network:

The BP disaster demands justice.  People are looking for asses to kick, ways to make BP–or the government—pay for their failures.  Some have argued that we are all to blame because we use fossil fuels. Others argue that the oil industry is solely liable because they were negligent, under-prepared and greedy. These are all demands for a kind of justice that requires retribution. Punish the perps. I share the rage but I think this catastrophe calls for another larger kind of justice. Restorative Justice.

Restorative Justice is a theory of justice that “emphasizes repairing the harm caused or revealed by unjust behavior.”

Jun 30, 2010

Brady encourages Magdalene survivors in talks with church

from Genevieve Carbery and Patsy McGarry's entries in

Primate of All-Ireland Cardinal Seán Brady has encouraged Magdalene survivors in their efforts to establish dialogue with religious congregations.

The cardinal met representatives of advocacy group Justice for Magdalenes (JFM) for two hours at his residence in Armagh on Thursday evening. He said yesterday it was a welcome opportunity to listen to the perspective of the JFM on “the story of the involvement of church, State and society in the former Magdalene laundries”.

“By today’s standards much of what happened at that time is difficult to comprehend,” he said.

Jun 30, 2010 , ,

Lessons in transformation: "You gotta smile at the little f…ers"

By KIm Workman

Last night, Maori Television screened the first of a two part programme dealing with the issue of family violence and child abuse.  ‘Tamariki Ora -  A New Beginning’ was a defining moment for Maori.  It showed Maori men acknowledging that the abuse they received as children, turned them into abusers of their own children.  But it also showed the extent to which whanau (families) are acknowledging the issues, forging their own solutions, and actively working within their whanau and the community to encourage positive, loving relationships.

I recall in my own marae (*meeting house) , less than 20 years ago, female elders defending a male elder who had sexually abused a visiting school child, as being a practise that was culturally acceptable in traditional times.  We all knew that was nonsense, but no one had the guts to face the issue head on.  Those days are now well and truly gone.

I wept tears at the programme – but they were tears of joy.  From this day on, no one will ever be able to say that Maori are failing to take responsibility for their own behaviour. 

Jun 29, 2010 , , , , , ,

The restorative justice talking piece: Tangible and physical, abstract and soulful.

from Kris Miner's entry on Restorative Justice & Circles:

(The Talking Piece) is one of the most powerful communication tools I’ve ever seen, because, while it is tangible and physical, it embodies a concept that is powerfully synergistic.,,,Once each of the parties feels understood an amazing thing usually happens. Negative energy dissipates, contentions evaporate, mutual respect grows, and people become creative. New ideas emerge. 
Stephen Covey

I used the above quote on a little pamphlet I made for student leaders. Yesterday I pulled it out to add the quote to a powerpoint I was working on. The evening before I was in a really powerful transformative Circle. As I looked at the quote again I realized how powerful the talking piece really is.

It’s a core element of a Circle, with a capital C, in my opinion. I know we can seat people in a circle facing each other, but Kay Pranis in all three of her books, lists the talking piece as an element of a Restorative Justice Circle.

Jun 28, 2010 ,

Mountain biking and restorative justice

from Lorenn's entry on Restorative Justice & Other Public Health Approaches for Healing:

I was almost murdered 34 years ago by a stranger and suffered serious injuries that required surgery and hospitalization. My physical injuries took almost 4 months to heal, but my emotional wounds took much longer.

During the first months of recovery I spent a lot of time blaming myself and dwelling on my mistakes. “What were you doing in the dark alone?” I spent my time looking at where I didn’t want to go and I lived there in misery. Eventually the pain became overwhelming. I found help from Harold Hall, Ph.D. who helped me see my strengths and helped me begin to heal emotionally by getting me to look toward the future.

Jun 28, 2010


from Deborah Luskins' commentary on Vermont Public Radio:

The population of Vermont has grown only ten percent in the last twenty years, and violent crime in that same period has dropped by thirty percent. But during these same years Vermont's prison population has swelled, and the cost of incarceration has skyrocketed. In these twenty years, Vermont has created more prison beds - and filled them - and still has to send some offenders out of state.

Jun 25, 2010 , , ,

Maryport woman meets youths who made life hell

from the article in the Times & Star:

A Maryport woman has come face-to-face with some of the youths who have turned her life into a living hell for the past seven years.

The meeting was part of a new restorative justice programme where offenders meet victims to drive home the consequences of their actions.

Julie Messenger, 44, of Ellenborough Old Road, has been the target of anti-social behaviour that has cost her hundreds of pounds and turned her life, and that of her 12-year-old daughter, into a living hell.

Jun 24, 2010 ,

You cannot compare apples to oranges: Ubushingantahe vs. criminal justice

from Josh Perry's post on Africa Faith & Justice Network:

Conflict resolution in Burundi was halted for decades due to the ongoing ethnic strife between the Hutus and the Tutsis. As the Burundian civil war continued, a British based organization named ActionAid helped to rebuild customary institutions that were destroyed by the conflict, and the Bashingantahe council, known also as Ubushingantahe, was one. 

However, in 2000, the passage of the Arusha Accord settled the civil war, brought about peace negotiations, and formally recognized the Ubushingantahe as a conciliatory judicial mechanism.

Jun 23, 2010 , , ,

Making progress in restorative justice: A qualitative study

from the abstract of a thesis by John R. Bacon:

This is an exploratory study into how restorative justice (RJ) facilitators made progress before and during a RJ conference. It draws specifically on the experiences of Justice Research Consortium (JRC) facilitators who participated in one of three Home Office funded trials between 2001-4, and the only trial to employ a randomized control design based on the RJ conference model. Qualitative data was collected via focus group meetings and individual interviews.

Jun 22, 2010 , , , ,

Can you work for the victim and the offender?

by Lisa Rea

I had two things happen to me recently that gave me pause. It is the story of two people. One is the story of a crime victim. The other is a story of an ex-offender.

The crime victim lost her husband to murder years ago in California. I've known this woman largely via email for many years as we both have worked for justice reform. This victim worked for an organization in California that often took positions regarding prison and sentencing  policies than have not been positions I could support as an advocate of restorative justice. But regardless, she and I have been "friends". In time, I believe she saw me as a supporter of crime victims, something that I have worked hard to be. She was a good person and a nice human being.

Jun 21, 2010 , , , , ,

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