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Resolution by consensus

From the article by Pam Adams in the Journal Star: 

Community peace conferences have already had an effect on Peoria police Sgt. Shawn Wetzel, and the program hasn't officially started yet.

"Being in law enforcement 17 years, we've always seen people who hate each other," he said. "To see the victim and offender getting along at the end of the process is a surprise for me."

The "process" is the peace conference, face-to-face meetings between the victim, the offender and trained volunteers who, jointly, work out a resolution for the offense.

Sep 30, 2010 , , ,

The story of a wounded healer

From the article by Jackie Katounas in Issue 79 of the Rethinking Crime and Punishment Newsletter

For the best part of 25 years I was a career criminal, and often a prisoner - with little insight into the effects of my offending and limited respect for myself or others.

I am not an academic and I have had limited tertiary education. Instead my training and credibility has grown out of the harshness of my own life experiences.

Sep 29, 2010 , , ,

Restorative Services: Bringing a Framework for Improved School Culture to Public Schools

From the article by Lynn Welden in the Restorative Practices E-Forum for 21 September 2010: 

A new program is bringing restorative practices to schools. Community Service Foundation and Buxmont Academy (CSF Buxmont) — which operate day-treatment schools, foster homes and supervision programs for at-risk youth in eastern Pennsylvania, USA, and are model programs of the International Institute for Restorative Practices (IIRP) Graduate School — recently launched the Restorative Services program. Developed in response to a growing need on the part of public schools to deal with at-risk students on site, the Restorative Services program was introduced in fall 2009.

In the past, young people with behavioral, emotional and substance-abuse issues have been placed by school districts or local courts in alternative schools and community-based programs. But school districts in Pennsylvania, like those in many areas of the U.S. and other countries as well, have been under pressure lately to work with troubled students within their schools instead of sending them away.

Sep 28, 2010 ,

Reconciliation Village Hosts Victims, Perpetrators of Rwandan Genocide

From the article by Zack Baddorf on Voice of America News:

It's been more than 16 years since the 1994 genocide in Rwanda that left about 800,000 Tutsis and moderate Hutus dead. Rwandan President Paul Kagame, who was re-elected in August with 93 percent of the vote, says now there are no longer Hutus and Tutsis in Rwanda, only Rwandans. As a test of how well the different ethnic groups can live together, victims and perpetrators of the genocide are living side-by-side in a small community known as the Reconciliation Village.

Sep 27, 2010 , , , , , ,

Victim shows compassion for bat-wielding assailant in Coupeville attack

From the article by Jessie Stensland in The Seattle Post Intelligencer: 

One of the most serious assault cases in Coupeville in recent memory culminated in what a judge described as “a very unusual and heartwarming situation.”

Judge Alan Hancock lauded the victim, the defendant, the prosecuting attorney and the defense attorney for taking part in a rare meeting that occurred prior to last Wednesday’s sentencing hearing.

“It’s an almost unprecedented situation for the court to hear about such a meeting,” Hancock said. “This is restorative justice, folks.”

Ryan Marti, a 17-year-old Coupeville boy, could have faced a decade in adult prison if either the prosecutor or victim had insisted that he go to trial in adult criminal court on a charge of first-degree assault.

Instead, a plea bargain moved the case in juvenile court, where Marti pleaded guilty to assault in the second degree. He will serve about two years in a juvenile detention facility.

Sep 24, 2010 ,

An update on Greg Wilhoit

By Lisa Rea:

This is an update on Greg Wilhoit. As I said to Greg's sister, Nancy, I am thrilled to hear of his remarkable recovery since six months ago most of us thought he was going to leave us. But God had other plans. Greg is doing so well in that he is walking (with the help of a walker) when it looked like he would never walk again. We are very thankful. He also has some big news: he was getting married this month in Oklahoma to Judy, a woman he's known for 25 years! Greg will be honored in Texas in October 2010 during an event hosted by the Journey of Hope: From Violence to Healing when the organization barnstorms the state with its message of hope and healing as it embraces restorative justice and stands against the death penalty.

Sep 23, 2010 , , ,

Community Groups Urged to Apply for Restorative Justice Grants

From the announcement on the AUMA website:

Applications are now being accepted for 2010/11 provincial grants for restorative justice projects that support victim-offender mediation, training programs, leadership development in schools, and Aboriginal restorative justice programs.

Through the Alberta Community Restorative Justice grant program, the Alberta government has allocated $350,000 to support restorative justice programs and initiatives throughout the province.

Sep 22, 2010 , , , , , ,

Violence begets more violence

From the article by Denise M. Champagne in The Daily Record for 14 September 2010: 

People are less likely to hurt one another if they feel they share a common ground.

Getting them to know one another, understand the hurt they have caused and giving them a chance to make things right is part of restorative justice, a growing worldwide social movement that is the focus of several events being held this week in Rochester. The featured guest of Restorative Rochester Week is Dominic Barter, who developed restorative circles in Brazil, one of several restorative justice practices.

Victim Support: The SORI Programme and Restorative Justice

From the article by Own Sharp on info 4 security:

The arrival of the coalition Government in Westminster has prompted some fierce debate about the future of the criminal justice system and the rehabilitation of offenders.

There has been talk about a ‘rehabilitation revolution’ to cut reoffending, while the role of short sentences has been questioned as part of a sentencing review which will report next month.

As part of this debate, ministers have expressed an interest in restorative justice which we at Victim Support believe could benefit victims, cut reconvictions and, as a result, save the taxpayer money.

It’s a concept that has been put into practice in Wales and other parts of the UK, and gives victims the chance to tell offenders the real impact of their crime, to derive answers to their questions and to receive an apology.

In addition, it helps many victims get on with their lives while giving offenders an understanding of the real impact of what they have done, as well as a chance to do something to repair the harm.

Sep 20, 2010 , , , ,

Restorative Justice with stranger or acquaintance victims, different angles apply.

From Kris Miner's entry on Restorative Justice and Circles:

With a masters in counseling and experience as an in-home family therapist I don’t mind taking on acquaintance situations of harm.  I have always believed in systems, and that a larger context of relationships influences all of us.

I am going to highlight 3 major angles to consider when pre-conferencing victims in stranger or acquaintance situations of restorative justice.  The focus of this blog post is specific to victims since restorative justice is victim initiated.  The three considerations are outcomes, relationship context and flexibility.

Sep 20, 2010

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