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N.T. Wright on judgment

from the entry by Nils von Kalm on Soul Thoughts:

Whether we are Christians or not, whenever we think of judgment, especially with regards to Christianity, we have this idea of judgment as being that of a wrathful, vengeful God (and as a friend of mine pointed out to me this week, this is where the idea of penal substitution fits in to much evangelical thinking as well). But to people who are suffering and consistently persecuted, the idea of God coming back to bring judgment and justice is good news indeed. They see it as what it is – the setting right of all things.

Mar 29, 2013 , ,

Could restorative justice bring education antagonists together?

from the article by Pat Schneider in the Capital Times:

It’s a painful irony for Ananda Mirilli that the School Board run she tried to use to call the community to come together to do better for Madison kids ended up embroiled in such controversy.

….Mirilli, a Latina who lost her bid for Seat 5 on the Madison School Board in the Feb. 18 primary, decided against a write-in campaign when primary winner Sarah Manski dropped out of the race just two days later. But Mirilli hasn’t given up hope that the election — despite Manski’s surprise withdrawal and the allegations of dirty politics and hypocrisy it incited — can yet be made an occasion to bring together people now sometimes working at odds to improve education in Madison schools.

And as the Restorative Justice Program manager at YWCA Madison, Mirilli is wondering if restorative justice principles might be the way to do it.

Mar 28, 2013 ,

Corktown restorative justice: Community wholeness

from the website of Restorative Justice Group & Center:

The Corktown restorative justice group was initiated following the October 2010 beating of one homeless member of the Corktown community by a resident member.  Charges were brought in that case and a trial in that case is anticipated by year’s end. But in the wake of the incident, concerned that this represented a pattern of violence and harassment against street folks, some 40 people gathered to explore alternative forms of community justice.

Since that time a number of things have been accomplished:

….9) Guests at Manna Meal developed a Kitchen and Street Code for posting and circulation among themselves.

Mar 27, 2013 , , , ,

Restorative justice and transformative justice: Definitions and debates

from the entry by Candace Smith in Sociology Lens:

When it comes to defining RJ, it seems as if the only consensus is that there is no consistent definition. In an attempt to broadly define the concept, Braithwaite writes that “restorative justice is a process where all the stakeholders affected by an injustice have an opportunity to discuss how they have been affected by the injustice and to decide what should be done to repair the harm.” That is, since crime hurts, it should also have a chance to heal. 

Mar 26, 2013 , ,

Restorative justice & stories for resilient families and happy individuals

from the entry by Lorenn Walker in Restorative Justice & Other Public Health Approaches for Healing:

Feiler discusses how one night he pondered: “What is the secret sauce that holds a family together? What are the ingredients that make some families effective, resilient, happy?” and went on to learn what he could to answer these questions.

His research led him to the work of psychologists Marshall Duke and Sara Fivush, which showed: “The more children knew about their family’s history, the stronger their sense of control over their lives, the higher their self-esteem and the more successfully they believed their families functioned.”

Mar 25, 2013 , ,

Consultation Response to “Transforming Rehabilitation”

from the Restorative Justice Council:

….7) Against this background of strong international evidence and Government commitment to bring restorative justice into the mainstream of criminal justice, including through commissioning by NOMS, we are surprised that these initiatives are not mentioned in Transforming Rehabilitation, nor is attention drawn to the positive linkages between participation in restorative justice and offender’s willingness to engage with other rehabilitative interventions.

Mar 22, 2013 ,

Restorative justice: The long struggle

from the article by Donald Shriver in Tikkun:

….Large, organized, collective interests are at odds with the future of restorative justice: unions of prison guards, economic benefits to communities from prisons, and then—perhaps the most difficult injustice of all—historical crimes whose legacies subject whole groups of people to continuing injustice. Like the Maori, indigenous peoples in the United States and Canada are waiting for healings that exceed any form of individual therapy for crime’s victims and offenders: the land stolen by European colonists from the indigenous, the treaties broken, the genocide, intended or not, that devastated them. Perhaps, speculates Elster, the restorative experience of individuals in procedures like family group conferences and victim compensations will prepare people to see their duties to work as citizens for restorative remedies for these huge historical injustices.

Mar 21, 2013

Doing restorative justice delicately, deliberately and with dedication

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

….The things we explore bring us back to key concepts, best practice, ethical efforts.  As practitioners of Restorative Justice, I think being delicate, deliberate and dedicated as I have experienced Kay, and tried to be myself, is helpful.

Being delicate.  Holding offenders accountable, while holding and creating a strong relationships.  Relationships, respect, responsiblity the key pillars of Restorative Justice, can’t me created with force.  Check out this link, at 2:30, the segment is promoting OWN Chalkboard Wars.  I love how Gayle King puts it “if kids don’t think you care, they don’t care what you think”.  Circles are the most powerful and effective ways to show kids you care, and to teach kids a way to care about each other.

Mar 20, 2013 , ,

Restorative practices in schools and communities

from the post by Oana on UFV Centre for Safe Schools:

….A growing international body of research demonstrates that restorative action-based practices in schools contribute to safer and more productive learning environments for both staff and students. In 2004, The Youth Justice Board for England and Wales evaluated a large-scale pilot restorative justice project designed to reduce unwanted behaviors (eg. bullying and victimization, poor attendance) and school suspensions. The comparison study utilized surveys and interviews with 5,000 students, 1,150 staff members, and 600 outside participants. Schools that used restorative action reported:

  • Fewer students who felt that bullying was a problem in their school, and
  • Fewer instances of racist name-calling and bullying, such as hitting, kicking, theft, verbal threats, and skipping class to avoid bullies.

Mar 19, 2013 , , , ,

MPs call to support successful 'restorative justice' scheme

from the article in the Telegraph and Argus:

More cash must be ploughed into innovative schemes to turn teenagers away from a life of crime after their success in Bradford, MPs say today.

An all-party committee calls for the spread of ‘restorative justice’ – focusing on the pain of the victim – after hearing of a “90 per cent success rate” in Bradford.

Mar 18, 2013 , , ,

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