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HMP Hewell wins accolades at Malvern Autumn Show

from the article in Bromsprove Advertiser:

A Malvern horticultural show was awash with autumnal golds recently as judges registered their approval of HMP Hewell, which was awarded ‘Best in Show’ for its edible garden.

Prisoners at HMP Hewell produced a show garden to illustrate both the negative and the positive aspects of life behind bars, and the real benefits of Restorative Justice Programmes by creating a productive vegetable plot for this year’s Malvern Autumn Show on September 25 and 26.

Dec 31, 2010

Who takes ownership of a restorative justice programme?

from Ken Webster's article in Resolution:

....At the European Forum for Restorative Justice’s 10th Anniversary conference in Bilbao,Spain in June 2010, retired Concord,Massachusetts Police Chief LenWetherbee and I presented a session with the above title. I spoke about the issues that set a community/statutory agencies partnership approach to restorative practices apart from those that are managed and delivered solely by the statutory agencies. Len gave an example of such an approach, speaking about the community/statutory agencies partnership Communities for Restorative Justice ( project in Concord and how effective a non-profit partnership of community members and police departments can be.

Dec 30, 2010 , ,

How do people experience using restorative practice at work?

from Craig Lambert and Rebecca Shipley's article in Resolution:

The Goodwin Development Trust is a registered charity situated in the heart of Kingston-upon-Hull (

Created over fifteen years ago by the residents of the city’s Thornton Estate with the intention of improving local living conditions, the Trust now manages a diverse range of projects.

Dec 29, 2010 , ,

1000th Sycamore Tree - Restorative Justice programme changes prisoner’s lives

from the press release by Prison Fellowship, England and Wales:

Prison Fellowship’s restorative justice programme Sycamore Tree achieves a milestone today (14th December) when the 1000th programme is completed. 

Over 30 Prisons and Young Offenders Institutions in England and Wales offer the programme and around 2,000 learners participate every year. The 1000th Sycamore Tree is being offered at HMP Wayland, Norfolk.  

Sycamore Tree raises the awareness of the impact of crime on victims and teaches the principles and application of restorative justice.

Dec 28, 2010 , , ,

US national conservatives unveil Right On Crime initiative

from the article by William Lutz on Lone Star Report:

One of the most interesting, albeit quiet, developments in the Texas policy world has been the bipartisan consensus that has developed on criminal justice since about 2005. Basically, the idea is that putting non-violent offenders in prison for technical violations wastes public funds and that rehabilitation and restitution should play larger roles in the criminal justice system. This approach places more emphasis on controlling costs in criminal justice by focusing incarceration for the most dangerous and violent offenders.

....A group of national conservatives led by Grover Norquist of Americans for Tax Reform, Russell Keene of the American Conservative Union, and former Attorney General Ed Meese unveiled the “Right On Crime” initiative and website. The group held a conference call this morning to unveil the website.

Dec 24, 2010 , , ,

'Restorative justice' school program reduces student delinquency

from the press release announcing the study:

A pilot program to change how teachers and administrators respond to student misbehavior at an Oakland middle school led to a dramatic drop in suspensions and expulsions, according to a new study released today. During a one-year implementation of the alternative “restorative justice” program, suspensions dropped by 87 percent and expulsions dropped to zero.

Dec 23, 2010 , , ,

Circling self-interest and democracy

Restorative Justice, Self-interest and Responsible Citizenship. Lode Walgrave (2008). Culumpton, UK: Willan Publishing. 240 pages.
Doing Democracy with Circles: Engaging Communities in Public Planning. Jennifer Ball, Wayne Caldwell and Kay Pranis (2010). St Paul, MN: Living Justice Press. 187 pages.

reviewed by Dan Van Ness

Lode Walgrave begins his exceptional 2008 book Restorative Justice, Self-interest and Responsible Citizenship like many writers on restorative justice. He reviews the ancient and recent history of restorative approaches, proposes and explains a definition of restorative justice, and outlines various restorative schemes. He then contrasts restorative approaches from contemporary criminal practice and identifies ways in which the former resolves practical and ethical problems of the latter.

The person who crosses this familiar territory with Lode is well rewarded because he writes with analytical precision, a scholar’s restraint, and the passion of someone with conviction. He has much to say that is worth hearing. He once again explains clearly why he favours a maximalist definition of restorative justice, one that is not limited to deliberative schemes but which applies only to harm caused by crime. He carefully and thoroughly builds his case against punishment and against restorative justice being considered an alternative punishment rather than an alternative to punishment.

Dec 22, 2010 , , , , ,

Support, history of Genesee Justice motivated director to ensure division saved

from the article by Howard Owens in the Batavian:

Ed Minardo will be out of a job come Jan. 1, but Genesee Justice will carry on.

"It was certainly in my mind, 'Not on my watch,'" Minardo said after learning that County Manager Jay Gsell would recommend to the legislature that Minardo's plan to cut staff hours and eliminate his own job be approved.

And the legislature did just that Monday evening.

Dec 21, 2010 , ,

Green Paper: Breaking the cycle - Effective punishment, rehabilitation and sentencing of offenders

from the UK Government's new Green Paper:

78. We are committed to increasing the range and availability of restorative justice approaches to support reparation. Restorative justice is the name given to processes which provide victims with the opportunity to play a personal role in determining how an offender makes amends. This can often include direct reparation. A substantial minority of victims would consider meeting their offender by way of a restorative justice process and those victims who do report high levels of satisfaction. The evidence suggests that the approach may also have a positive impact on the offender’s likelihood of reoffending in the future. Getting an offender to confront the consequences of their crimes directly is often an effective punishment for less serious offences. 

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Against my will

by Radha Stern

Radha Stern's son Christopher was murdered in 1996. This is her story of how meeting with prisoners, and eventually with the man who killed her son, has helped her find relief and comfort.

Getting into a prison is intimidating.  Accompanied by my prison escort, I went to the first gate, presented my ID to a guard who carried a gun.  I signed in, was approved and went to the next gate to meet another armed guard and pass through a metal detector.  After that gate, I went to another entrance with a guard and gun, signed in, was checked in and approved by the computer, was scanned with a hand-held metal detector, and stamped under the left wrist with the daily stamp.  Then I went into a Sally port   a large cell – where a huge door slams shut with a resounding “clank.”  I was held there until the opposite door opened with another loud “clank,” and I entered another Sally port, which then unlocked and allowed me access into a large open quad.

Dec 17, 2010 , , ,

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