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Showing 10 posts published between Dec 01, 2012 and Dec 31, 2012 [Show all]

Considering consequences

by Lynette Parker

I enjoy restorative conferencing. I've been awed by the way people share their hearts and address the harms they've caused or experienced. While not everyone will go into a conference, I like offering an opportunity. I've learned that I can serve just by listening to stories when people aren't interested in the conference process. They are interested in someone who will listen to them. 

Dec 31, 2012 , , , , ,

The broken family

from the article by Jeffrey Krivis on Kluwer Mediation:

....Much has been written about the sociopathic behavior of child molesters, particularly if they are adults who molest their own children. Society has been plagued by such behavior both in the family and in the church. When this type of behavior surfaces in a sleepy agricultural town whose family values embody the very essence of its people, the alleged perpetrators are never able to regain their reputation. People begin to look over their shoulders and question whether their neighbors are who they think they are. The concepts of trust and faith are rocked to the bone. This is why few crimes carry as much social disgrace as child molestation. Most people would rather be accused of armed robbery.

Dec 28, 2012 , ,

How to respond to violent crime? Ask the victims of crime

from the article by Lisa Rea on Restorative Justice International:

RJI will be exploring various legislative responses to violent crime in the U.S. and beyond. We will highlight in particular public policy recommendations that reflect responses based on restorative justice. At this time we are posting the following statute which came from legislation authored by crime victim and survivor Robert “Renny” Cushing who was elected and this year re-elected to the New Hampshire Legislature.

Dec 27, 2012 , , , ,

Howard Zehr shifts to leading role in new restorative justice institute

from the article by Lora Steiner and Bonnie Price Lofton on

Howard widely known as the “grandfather of restorative justice,” will step aside from his teaching role at Eastern Mennonite University (EMU) after the spring 2013 semester and begin co-leading the newly established Zehr Institute for Restorative Justice.

The leaders of EMU’s Center for Justice and Peacebuilding (CJP) announced the founding of the Zehr Institute at the end of the fall 2012 semester, after persuading Zehr to let the institute carry his name. They also asked Zehr to remain a faculty member in a non-teaching role with the title Distinguished Professor of Restorative Justice.

Dec 26, 2012 ,

Grace, forgiveness, justice

by Lynette Parker

Recently, we posted an article reviewing the book The collapse of American Criminal Justice. I found a comment to the article posted on the Restorative Justice Online Facebook page to be very interesting:

“I find it interesting that Protestant America, who supposedly believes in free grace and forgiveness, are the first to espouse punishment for its own sake.” 

Dec 25, 2012 , , ,

Conceptualising and contextualising restorative justice for hate crimes

from the article by Theo Gavrielides on Crimsoc:

Restorative justice (hereafter RJ) was (re) introduced to debates about justice in the 1970s at the start of a large volume of academic and policy-orientated discussions on its potential. Braithwaite, Christie, Sullivan and Zehr spoke about the transformative potential of the RJ paradigm and its ‘changing lenses’ on how we view crime. Barnett spoke first about a ‘paradigm shift’, claiming that we are living a “crisis of an old paradigm,” and that “this crisis can be restored by the adoption of a new paradigm of criminal justice”.

Dec 24, 2012 , ,

Evaluation of the Family Group Conferencing pilot program

from the report by Boxall, Morgan and Terer

The outcome evaluation provided some evidence that the FGC pilot program had delivered a number of positive short-term outcomes for the small number of families and professionals who were involved in the program. These outcomes included:

Dec 21, 2012 , , , ,

Evaluation of alternative dispute resolution initiatives in the care and protection jurisdiction of the NSW Children's Court

from the report by Morgan, Boxall, Terer and Harris:

The post-conference surveys completed by parents and family members, legal representatives and Community Services Caseworkers and Managers Casework were analysed to determine participant satisfaction with the conference process and outcomes. 

There was a high level of satisfaction among parents and family members with the conference process, particularly in terms of having an opportunity to tell their side of the story, other people listening to what they had to say and being treated fairly. A number of parents and family members who participated in a conference said that it was the first time they felt that they had been given an opportunity to speak directly to the other parties and to express their point of view.

Dec 20, 2012 , , , ,

11 ways to commit to restorative justice practices

from the article on Ben Ziegler's blog Collaborative Journeys:

When relationships don’t matter, we are more inclined to do bad things.   There has been a lot of media in my neck of the woods this fall, around broken relationships, and doing bad things.

I think there is no time like this time, to focus more on our relationships to each other, as a measure of “justice”.  After all, we are all connected.   Restorative justice is about restoring broken relationships.  Restorative practice is the heartbeat of restorative justice.

Restorative practices are collaborative practices.

Dec 19, 2012

Restorative justice: Victims, violators and community -- the path to acceptance

from the paper presented by Kim Workman at the International Conference and Workshops on Restorative Justice, Human Rights and Peace Education:

....As Toki explains, “for Māori a form of utu, or reciprocity to restore the balance, is always necessary.  Although both punishment and utu involve a deliberate response to an offence and aim to achieve retribution, they differ in important aspects. Ethically speaking, punishment can be forgone, but utu cannot; punishment should be unpleasant enough to deter, but utu may be entirely friendly and welcome; punishment should be confined to offenders who have been proven guilty of intentional offences, but utu may be exacted from individuals who have done no wrong. This different conceptual thinking cannot be accommodated in the existing criminal justice system. 

Dec 18, 2012 , , ,

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