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Jury convicts man in killing of Chandra Levy in 2001

by Lisa Rea

Let's hope for the family of Chandra Levy that justice was done by convicting Ingmar Guandique of the 2001 murder of Chandra Levy.  But reading the news stories surrounding the conviction makes me pause. I have spent quite a bit of time studying wrongful convictions, as well as talking to those exonerees who spent time in prison, some on death row, for crimes they did not commit.  This case looks dubious.

Nov 30, 2010

Naperville woman still dealing with long-ago assault

from Kathy Millen's article in the Naperville Sun:

The Manitowoc County Sheriff’s Department, under whose jurisdiction the case fell, moved quickly after the attack. A local man awaiting trial for allegedly attempting to assault the wife of a Manitowoc County sheriff’s deputy matched the description of Beerntsen’s assailant. She picked him out of both a photo and live lineup. Although Steven Avery had an alibi for the time of the attack, he was charged with first-degree sexual assault, first-degree attempted murder and false imprisonment. He was convicted and sentenced to 32 years in prison.

But after serving 18 years, DNA evidence cleared him and pointed to a man named Gregory Allen who already was serving a 60-year sentence for rape. Avery was released from prison in 2003 and became a local celebrity and the face of the Wisconsin Innocence Project that worked to free wrongly convicted prisoners.

Nov 29, 2010

Restorative justice will work in the Philippines: DOJ chief

from the article in CBCP News:

Efforts to push for restorative justice in the country got a boost with a top government official saying it would work in the country.

Department of Justice Secretary Leila De Lima said she believes the strategy can play an important role in crime reduction.

Nov 26, 2010 ,


Bully (2009) Teresa Milbrodt (Gunnison, CO: Life Skoolz). Available at

from Tom Cavanagh's blog Restorative Justice, Culture of Care in Schools, and Restorative Practices in Schools:

This book contributes to the existing literature in the fields of restorative justice, bullying, and school violence by presenting what might be called case studies regarding a female student and male student who are harmed by bullying. These case studies or stories focus not only on those harmed by bullying but also those causing the harm, as well as onlookers, educators (particularly teachers and counselors), administrators, and members of the affected community.

Nov 25, 2010 , ,

International restorative justice week: miracles and certainty

from Cheryl Lawrie's entry on Hold This Space:

This week is International Restorative Justice Week. Last week on Australian Story, Kerry Tucker told her story of restoration back into the community after being incarcerated for seven years. She’s currently finishing her PhD and lecturing at Swinburne University. It’s a remarkable story and she’s an inspirational woman. What I found particularly moving about her story was how much of a struggle she found re-entering the community post-imprisonment, even though she is a strong woman with exceptional communication skills, family support to fall back on and educational qualifications. She said herself, ‘After a few days out, I just wanted to go back to prison’.

Nov 24, 2010 , , ,

To teach empathy, you simply teach listening

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

Listening is under–rated.  We take it for granted as something that we know how to do.  Teaching deep compassionate listening is part of learning how to do restorative justice and certainly how to be in Circle.

Nov 23, 2010 , ,

South African shock as alleged rape victim charged

from BBC News:

South African rights groups have expressed shock at a decision to charge a 15-year-old alleged gang-rape victim with having underage sex.

The girl was charged with statutory rape along with her alleged rapists, who are aged 14 and 16.

Nov 22, 2010 , , ,

Rethinking the politics of crime

from Greg Berman's article in The Crime Report:

It is fair to say that many American criminal justice officials live in fear of finding themselves in a similar position to Crispin Blunt: out on an island, on the wrong side of the “tough on crime” debate.  This understandable fear has broad consequences for the field of criminal justice. Among other things, it creates a risk-averse environment where both policymakers and practitioners are reluctant to challenge the status quo and test new ideas.

This is a problem that Aubrey Fox and I examine in our new book Trial and Error in Criminal Justice Reform: Learning from Failure (2010: Urban Institute Press).  The central argument of the book is that criminal justice officials should adopt a lesson from the field of science, embracing the trial-and-error process and talking more honestly about how difficult it is to change the behavior of offenders and reduce chronic offending in crime-plagued urban neighborhoods.

Nov 19, 2010 , ,

Monetary relief for rape victims soon

from Himanshi Dhawan's article in The Times of India:

A week after the Union Cabinet gave its nod to a gender empowering legislation that will protect women from sexual harassment at the workplace, another landmark scheme — to provide financial aid to rape victims — could soon be a reality. Decks have been cleared to provide rape victims or their legal heirs with financial aid to ensure "restorative justice" in the form of legal and medical assistance, shelter, counselling and other support services.

Nov 18, 2010 , , , ,

Don’t take Genesee Justice for granted

from Dr. Beth Allen's article in The Daily News:

The great Eleanor Roosevelt once said, “Justice cannot be for one side alone, but must be for both.” This single phrase to me epitomizes the very essence of how our criminal justice system in our country should operate.

She also wrote, “It isn’t enough to talk about peace. One must believe in it. And it isn’t enough to believe in it. One must work at it.” For 30 years, Genesee Justice has been a pulse that tends to the souls of our victims of crime and to the destiny of the offenders that have perpetrated those crimes.

Nov 17, 2010 ,

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