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Restorative approaches in local conflicts of Northern Ireland

from the report by Tim Chapman, Derick Wilson and Hugh Campbell for ALTERNATIVE:

….While many people in Northern Ireland encounter each other through their employment, through shopping and through their social life, most people live in neighbourhoods that are predominantly made up of Protestants or Catholics. The many community relations projects throughout the country offer opportunities for people of different identities to meet and share their experiences. These are voluntary programmes and may not attract those most antagonistic towards the „other‟ and most engaged in violence. Those who are arrested for violence or hate crime will be dealt with by the criminal justice system and are unlikely to engage with their victims unless they are under the age of 18 or are referred to a community based restorative project.

Jan 31, 2013 , ,

Three recommendations for Joe Biden's Gun Task Force

from the letter by Jancis Long and Mary Warkins for Psychologists for Social Responsibility:

….We see school attacks such as Newtown in the context of a broader culture that endorses force and violence as the way of resolving disputes, including war, urban violence and a harsh, punitive criminal justice system. As mental health professionals, we know that effective psychological treatment can help troubled individuals find safer ways to express themselves, and we unequivocally support early identification of mental health concerns and improved access to services for those who need them. 

Jan 30, 2013 ,

Sentencing circles for lawyers

from the editorial by Glenn Kauth in Law Times:

If sentencing circles are fine for the criminal justice system, why shouldn’t they be an option at Law Society of Upper Canada disciplinary hearings?

In a recent case involving lawyer Terence John Robinson, an LSUC hearing panel had the task of deciding whether to allow a sentencing circle for him. Robinson, a member of the Wikwemikong First Nation, has been in hot water in relation to a 2009 conviction for aggravated assault. He subsequently admitted to conduct unbecoming a licensee but wants to return to his criminal law practice representing aboriginal clients. The panel then invited submissions on whether to hold a sentencing circle for him.

Jan 29, 2013 , ,

The challenges of teaching in the third millennium

from the letter by Sheilagh Knight to

….Thank you for your editorial “Holding Your Breath Won’t Win You Points,” which highlights teachers’ leadership role in the community and the enjoyment they can derive from leading extra-curricular activities. 

….Teaching in the Third Millennium is a multi-layered, multi-faceted job. Not easy at all, because you are working with so many unique people and you can’t rely on routine when working with inquisitive youth. Below, I’ve made a list of what’s difficult about a teachers’ job nowadays – not to complain about the work I love, but rather, to showcase what we do.

Jan 28, 2013 , , , ,

Retaking our streets: Restorative justice in the city of St. Francis

from the article by George Wesolek in Catholic San Francisco:

....The fact that this mindless violence (even though there is a distorted, revenge-oriented gang rationale) is perpetrated by 14-year-old children in some cases, reminds us of futuristic predictions in novels such as “Clockwork Orange” and the like. Killing, for revenge and even for fun, is becoming embedded in the culture, an evil, systemic pall creeping through our streets and into our families and communities and settling there as an alien host. Families in this community live in fear. 

Jan 25, 2013 , , , ,

Some sex offences are best dealt with out of the courts

from the article by Greg Barns in The Age:

....In the context of the royal commission into sexual abuse in institutions, it is timely to consider whether or not all cases that can be categorised as sex offences ought to be dealt with through the traditional court process. In particular, those cases that involve allegations of abuse but do not involve penetration or other forms of physical violence.

Jan 24, 2013 , , ,

Merciful Jews forgive Nazi grave vandal

from the article by Tony Wall for

The Jewish community has taken pity on one of the youths who desecrated graves at a cemetery in Auckland with Nazi symbols - causing worldwide outrage - and is even offering to pay his university tuition fees so he can turn his life around.

Robert Moulden, 19, pleaded guilty to a charge of intentional damage in the Auckland District Court last year and will be sentenced next month. His co-accused, Christian Landmark, 20, has pleaded not guilty and appears in court again on Tuesday.

More than a dozen headstones in the Jewish quarter of the Symonds St Cemetery were vandalised with images of swastikas and expletive-ridden anti-Israeli messages on October 19. It is proving incredibly difficult to remove paint from the porous headstones, which date back to the 19th century, and the repair job could cost as much as $50,000.

Jan 23, 2013 , , , ,

"The public wants to be involved": A roundtable conversation about community and restorative justice

from the report by Robert V. Wolf for the Center for Court Innovation:

When participants were asked to list the goals of community engagement, six areas attracted broad support:

1.  Empowering communities

While the concept of giving community members more power is a key ingredient of many initiatives, the nature of the power varies. In San Francisco’s Neighborhood Courts, community volunteers have the authority to determine guilt and can even dismiss cases while volunteers on Atlanta’s restorative justice panels can only adjust the terms of a sentence handed down by a court. 

For defenders, empowerment involves education—specifically educating the public about the role of defense organizations and navigating the justice system. “Our goal is to help people understand what we do and clarify our role and to trust us,” said James Berry, of the Public Defender Service for the District of Columbia. “We don’t feel an obligation to promote the police or prosecutors, but we do have an interest in helping people to understand what we do and how we help to balance the equation.”

Jan 22, 2013 , , , , ,

Review: Art in Action: Expressive Arts Therapy and Social Change

Art in Action: Expressive Arts Therapy and Social Change; eds Ellen G. Levine and Stephen K. Levine; Jessica Kingsley Publishers (London & Philadelphia) 2011

By Marian Liebmann

It’s refreshing to see a book which contains many surprising and good techniques using our ‘right brains’ and the whole of ourselves. We spend too much time on ‘left-brain’ activities, planning, writing notes and reports, working out logistics, spending hours in front of our computer screens. This book is about another way of experiencing the world, and of helping many others in the process.

This collection of essays seems to be an outcome of collaboration between staff of Lesley University (in Cambridge, USA and Israel) and the European Graduate School in Switzerland, the only master’s degree course in Expressive Arts in Conflict Transformation and Peacebuilding.  In fact many of the authors are involved in both institutions. 

Jan 21, 2013 , , , , , , , , ,

Why go there?

from the entry by Peg Wallace for Wisconsin Restorative Justice Coalition:

That’s the question that arises most often when I mention my visits with inmates in Wisconsin’s prison system.  Why go there?  Why would I, who lost a beloved family member to violent crime, want to “go there”—emotionally, let alone physically?  Why do I spend three consecutive days of my discretionary time locked in intense conversation with convicted felons, many of whom have committed violent crimes?  Why would anyone want to do that?

My own journey to prison began over 25 years ago, when my 88-year-old grandmother and her two elderly friends were kidnapped after attending a charity event in my home town.  Their kidnapper drove them to an isolated, wooded location and brutally kick-boxed them to death.  Within days, he was captured, and within months, he was tried and convicted.

Jan 18, 2013 , ,

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