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Program to revamp student justice

from the article by Libby Jelinek in The Vista:

University of San Diego (USD) alum Justine Darling, '08, has collaborated with Student Affairs to establish a one-year pilot restorative justice program on campus that has the potential to transform how students experience USD's student conduct system.

....The one-year pilot program will implement restorative justice conferencing and peace circles to find solutions for issues in the campus community. The restorative justice process focuses on three main goals: to empower, to educate and to build relationships. Throughout the program, students are involved and invested in the decision-making process. The most valuable aspect of restorative justice, according to Darling, is that students learn another way to handle conflict in their lives, such that bringing the offender and impacted parties together can develop what would otherwise be a negative relationship into a positive one.

Oct 31, 2011 , , ,

How victim rights became a juggernaut shaping spending, laws and the future of punishment

from the article by Alan Prendergast in Denver Westword:

Newly elected as a state representative, Pete Lee hit the Capitol last January fired up with big ideas. The biggest of them all was the restorative-justice bill he introduced shortly after the session began.

Oct 28, 2011 , , , ,

Father of Adam Rogers meets son’s teenage killer in prison

from the story by Sam Chadderton in Lancashire Telegraph:

Adam Rogers’s father and his teenage killer have come face to face in an ‘emotional’ prison meeting.

.... Dave Rogers who has campaigned with wife Pat for an end to senseless violence in their 24-year-old son’s memory, said he would recommend the ‘restorative justice’ process to other grieving families.

Oct 27, 2011 , , , , , ,

Talking resolution: A conversation on violence, restorative justice, and human rights

This hour long video presents a dialogue on responding to violent crime and major atrocities.

Janine Geske, a Distinguished Professor of Law at Marquette University and former Wisconsin Supreme Court Justice, provides a 10 minute overview of restorative justice and her own experiences facilitating restorative dialogues.

Oct 26, 2011

Mum takes family crime fight into jails

From the article by Jane Hammond in the West Australia:

The mother of a 15-year-old schoolgirl murdered by a teenage love rival has called for compassion for prisoners and their families.

In an emotional address to an ecumenical service in St Mary's Cathedral for Anti-Poverty Week, Karen Lang described how the brutal murder of her only daughter devastated the close-knit family.

Oct 25, 2011 ,

Pioneer justice scheme is working in Norfolk

From the article by Peter Walsh:

Norfolk Constabulary is committed to becoming part of the first truly restorative county in the country by 2015 and has been singled out as a force which actively promotes restorative justice by bringing victims and offenders together to discuss an outcome without it having to go through the court system.

More than 17,000 people have been through the restorative justice process since November 2007 with a total of 4,611 interventions.

Oct 24, 2011 , , ,

Restorative justice and the economy of grace

From the article by Derek Flood:

One of the last places where we still embrace the idea of punitive justice today is in our prison systems. Yet even within our criminal justice system there is an increasing awareness that a strictly punitive approach rarely produces reform. Offenders who simply serve their time commonly go right back out and commit more crimes because the root factors have not been dealt with. In contrast, where rehabilitation programs have been made available, there have been dramatic drops in repeat offenses. In other words, this is not merely a matter of compassion, but of societal self-interest, because it means working to stop the "revolving door" of our prison system.

Oct 21, 2011

Walla Walla prison restorative dialogue

From the article by Lorenn Walker on the Restorative Practices Blog: 

Colleen Shapel’s husband Bob, who was also her best friend for most of her life, was senselessly murdered in a February 2004 robbery. Melissa, Colleen’s oldest daughter, and William Schorr, a co-defendant who plead guilty to the murder, also participated in the restorative dialogue (another defendant who was determined to be most responsible for the murder refused to participate).

After I was first contacted, and until the dialogue was finally conducted six months later in July, I spoke on the phone with Colleen, Melissa and William frequently. I met Colleen and Melissa in person several times a few days, and William a few hours, before the dialogue.

I felt my job was to mainly listen to their pain, and simply be present with them in their suffering.

Oct 20, 2011 ,

The meeting: Jo's story - Surviving rape

From the Restorative Justice Council's website:

This new DVD resource from the RJC follows the story of Jo Nodding, a victim of serious crime who met her offender. 

Below are excerpts from Jo's story:

In 2004 I was raped by a boy I knew. For weeks afterwards I was in a daze trying to cope with what had happened not only to me, but also to my family. He didn’t plead guilty to the rape to start with, so I had the extra worry of the trial, but that changed once he was presented with the DNA evidence. The first time I faced him was in Court when he received a life sentence.

Almost a year later I had a visit from the probation Victim Liaison Officer and she mentioned the possibility of restorative justice - of a meeting with Darren. From that time on it was always at the back of my mind. I knew as soon as she said it that I wanted to meet him because this was about me taking control of the situation, re-balancing what he had taken away from me that day. The judge had said to Darren in Court ‘you have destroyed this woman’s life’ – but that wasn’t what I wanted, and that wasn’t how I saw it.

Oct 19, 2011 , ,

The offer of restorative justice to victims of violent crime: Should it be protective or proactive?

from the study by Jo_Anne Wemmers and Tinneke Van Camp:

The victims in our sample suggest generalizing the offer of restorative justice to all victims. Themselves victims of very serious crimes, they experienced the beneficial impact of participation in a restorative intervention. However, while they believe that all victims should be informed about restorative opportunities, they emphasize that victims have to feel ready to participate in such programs. 

Oct 18, 2011 , , ,

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