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Restorative justice: Re-storying what happened in Boston

from the entry by Pierre R. Berastain on

....We have seen some coverage of restorative practices as an alternative model to responding to conflict, particularly in the criminal justice system and with students who misbehave. In essence, the restorative process invites us to sit in circle, and, as a community affected by crime, determine how to best meet the needs of those involved. Restorative justice rejects one-size-fits-all models and prefers creative processes to conflict resolution.

Apr 30, 2013 , , ,

Detroit students restore peace by talking it out

from the article by Charles Honey for Christianity Today:

It all started with Twitter.

Weekend tweets and re-tweets among two girls and their friends. She says she wants to fight her, he tweets it to others, word goes around. Come Monday, the threatened girl stays home from school.

By Wednesday, four of them sit around a cafeteria table in a charter academy in Detroit, facing each other. Talking, not fighting is the way things are worked out here.

Apr 29, 2013 , , ,

For restorative justice, the devil is in the details

from the column by J. Douglas Allen-Taylor in Oakland Local:

....The ordinance makes provision for existing agencies or non-profits to run the restorative justice component on a case-by-case referral basis, with instructions that the contracted program “may seek to involve the victim as well as the offender” in the restorative justice process. In addition the contracted program both makes the decision as to what will it take to bring restoration as well as to ultimately sign off on whether or not restoration was done.

Since that is one of the basic tenets or restorative justice—to bring victim and offender together to restore the whole—it would seem that the programs would almost always bring in the victims, as well as let the victims take the lead in deciding the restorative action. 

Apr 26, 2013 , , , ,

Restorative justice scheme for young offenders proving to be a success for Cleveland Police

from the article by Graeme Hetherington in The Northern Echo:

A scheme giving young first time offenders the chance to learn from their mistakes is proving to be a success just a fortnight after it was launched.

Cleveland Police’s restorative justice project enables the victims of crime to have a greater say over the punishment of youngsters caught offending.

Apr 25, 2013 , , ,

Youth United: We have a solution - restorative justice

from the entry by Haydi Torres and Blancy Rosales on Women in and beyond the Global:

....When students are suspended, we don’t get a chance to work on whatever it was that made us act out in the first place. And being sent home from school makes us feel like we don’t matter, that our school does not care about or believe in us.

Apr 24, 2013 , , ,

Former Supreme Court Chief Justice Marsha Ternus talks restorative justice

from the interview with Kelly Pyzik for Scarlet & Black:

....First, could you tell me a little bit about the short course you taught at Grinnell the past two weeks? 

The purpose of the course was to introduce students to the principles of restorative justice and their historical roots, to discuss current restorative justice programs and applications of restorative principles and to compare how our country currently addresses conflict and wrongdoing with how we might address those matters using a more restorative approach.

Apr 23, 2013 , , , ,

Criminal justice reform: A revolution on the American right

from the essay by Pat Nolan (with a response by Sadiq Khan) for IPPR:

....Conservatives have diagnosed our justice system as being very ill, and they have prescribed new policies to restore its health:

  • Reserve costly prison space for dangerous offenders
  • Focus on reducing future harm
  • Fill each inmate’s day with productive activities
  • Facilitate victim–offender dialogue
  • Match offenders with mentors
  • Provide opportunities for community service and r eparation
  • Punish parole violations immediately
  • Coordinate re-entry supervision and services.

Research shows that each of these policies is effective and keeps the public safe. Although these policies embody conservative principles, they enjoy broad bipartisan support across ideological, theological and racial lines....

Apr 22, 2013 , ,

Using restorative justice at the pre-sentence stage of the criminal justice process

from the article by Ian Marder in TransConflict:

....This process is similar in many respects to that envisaged by Schedule 15(2) of the Crime and Courts Bill, currently making its way through the British Parliament, which specifies that the judiciary in England and Wales may “defer the passing of sentence to allow for restorative justice”. Deferred sentencing, as outlined originally in s.22 of the 1972 Criminal Justice Act, enables the Courts to consider the conduct of an offender post-conviction, but prior to sentencing. Following recommendations to expand its use in the 2001 Review of the Sentencing Framework, deferred sentencing appeared most recently in law under Schedule 23 of the 2003 Criminal Justice Act, which extended the definition of the word “conduct” and outlined a variety of requirements which the Courts can order of an offender whose sentence has been deferred.

Apr 19, 2013 , , ,

Widening the circle: Can peacemaking work outside of tribal communities?

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

....This report was originally written as a guide for participants in the roundtable but raises practical questions for anyone interested in adapting peacemaking to non-tribal settings. After providing an overview of peacemaking, the paper outlines key issues jurisdictions will most likely want to consider during planning and implementation.... 

Apr 18, 2013 , , ,

The sorry state of the apology: Scriptural responses to society's shallow regret

from the article by Dorothy Greco on Christianity Today:

Though the word apology, as we know it, does not exist in the New Testament, an absence of the specific word does not indicate an absence of the concept. Scripture provides lessons for how to do this well and demonstrates that there is more to making an apology than what a press conference can provide....

1. The responsibility is on the offender to initiate the apology.... 

Apr 17, 2013 , ,

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