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Building on the One Fund: Victim centered restorative justice for survivors of violent crime

from the entry by Noam Schimmel on Huffington Post:

In an outpouring of support, millions of dollars have been raised to help support victims of the Boston marathon attacks and their families.

To date, more than 32 million dollars have been raised from individuals, foundations, and corporations by The One Fund....

Victim centered restorative justice - such as that provided by the One Fund - seeks to provide maximal support and rehabilitation to victims of crime.

May 31, 2013 , , , , ,

Restorative justice for sexual assault

from the entry by Miri on Brute Reason:

....Someone asked me to write about what restorative justice might look like from the perspective of a rape survivor. To be clear, I am not a survivor of rape, although I am a survivor of sexual assault. In any case, I can only speak for myself.

But when I think about justice, this is what comes to mind.

I would want a perpetrator of sexual assault to have to learn about the roots of what they did. It’s not as simple is “Sexual assault is bad, don’t sexually assault people.” I would want them to understand rape culture. I would want them to understand all of the factors that might have contributed to their decision (because, yes, it was their decision) to sexually assault someone. I would want them to understand that their socialization has prepared them to become a person who sexually assaults people, but that this can be undone.

May 30, 2013 ,

Ssshhh…..CDC believes restorative justice will bring peace in our time!

from the article in Cotswold District Council Online:

At Cotswold District Council the spotlight will focus on the role of Restorative Justice in resolving noise-related conflict. In other words, CDC officers will be informing the public how members of a community can come together and work out an agreed solution to a noise problem.    

CDC Environmental Health Officer, Rachel Kayani, is a keen advocate of this approach:

May 29, 2013 , , , ,

LAUSD drops “willful defiance” suspensions for “restorative justice” approach

from the article by Jessica Perez in Boyle Heights Beat:

The Los Angeles Unified School District voted Tuesday to ban suspensions for “willful defiance,” a major shift from the previously instituted zero tolerance policy.

In a 5 to 2 vote, the board adopted the 2013 School Discipline Policy and School Climate Bill of Rights proposed by LAUSD board President Monica Garcia.

May 28, 2013 , , ,

The problem with restorative justice

from the entry on Kwe Today:

....What I would like to write about is what I considered a major fundamental flaw of restorative justice. In particular, this type of justice is credited for being closely related to Aboriginal justice and sometimes the two are considered one in the same (which is one of the first problems). 

May 27, 2013 , , , ,

Play teaches community about restorative justice

from the article by Jodi Schellenberg for Prince Albert Daily Herald:

....Theatre on the Beat, an Ontario-based group will put on the play, called Forgiven/Forgotten, in conjunction with the Mennonite Central Committee.

“It is a play that deals with an inmate who is coming out of jail and the community is in turmoil because of it,” said Ryan Siemens, reverend at Grace Mennonite Church. “It asks questions on how can we best deal or integrate an inmate in the healthiest way.”

Siemens is the chair of two restorative justice committees -- Person to Person and Circles of Support and Accountability. Person to Person is a prison visitation program the Mennonite Church has been involved with for 38 years and Circles of Support works with high-risk offenders who have been released back into society.

May 24, 2013 , , , ,

Restorative justice gets boost with new spending

from the article on Radio New Zealand News:

The Government is to spend more on restorative justice conferences: $4 million of new spending over two years has been earmarked in the Budget.

The Government at present funds about 2000 restorative justice conferences each year at a cost of about $2.1 million.

May 23, 2013 , , , ,

Joy in the dirty work of restorative justice

from the entry by John Lash on Juvenile Justice Information Exchange:

....The tension between the study of a topic and the subsequent conversion of ideas into actual work exists in all endeavors, something I have been thinking about as I prepare a training weekend for people interested in learning about restorative justice.

There is a purity in theory, a beauty reminiscent of the idealism of Plato and Pythagoras, that is fun to engage. Working in this realm is a kind of game, fun, yet ultimately empty without the willingness to get out in the world and get dirty. In a training environment we seek to balance this tension in a way that honors both aspects of reality. We want to transmit the underlying principles while also showing how things “really” work.

May 22, 2013 , , ,

Rape victim 're-victimised' by system

from the article by Joelle Dally for The Press:

It took Helena Watson more than three decades to speak out about her father's sexual abuse.

Now the Christchurch woman says she has been revictimised by restorative justice.

May 21, 2013 , , , ,

An inventory and examination of restorative justice practices for youth in Illinois

from the report prepared by Kimberly S. Burke for Illinois Criminal Justice Information Authority:

....Key findings include:

  • Respondents reporting using restorative justice practices were found in 54 Illinois counties, and in many different types of organizations who respond to youth misconduct, including police departments, probation and court services, schools, community-based organizations, and other state and municipal departments.

May 20, 2013 , ,

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