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Restorative justice scheme for former Magdalen residents announced

From the announcement on Merrion Street.ie, Irish Government news service:

Minister Shatter and Minister Lynch today (Wednesday 26 June, 2013) announced a scheme of payments for women who were admitted to and worked in the Magdalen Laundries, St Mary’s Training Centre Stanhope Street and House of Mercy Training School, Summerhill, Wexford. This follows the publication of the report by Justice Quirke, President of the Law Reform Commission, on the establishment of an ex-gratia scheme and supports for the women affected.

Speaking on the publication of the Quirke Report today, the Minister for Justice, Equality and Defence, Alan Shatter, TD, said, “For the former residents of the Magdalen Laundries; St Mary’s Training Centre Stanhope Street and House of Mercy Training School, Summerhill, Wexford, today is a profoundly important day. They have given so much of their time, their energy, their courage, and their vision of human dignity to make this day come true. Today is about justice.”

Jun 28, 2013 , ,

Royal Canadian Mounted Police and restorative justice in British Columbia: Exploring the potential

From the Master's dissertation by Terri Kalaski:

This paper will explore what influences a Royal Canadian Mounted Police (hereafter ‘RCMP’) member in British Columbia (hereafter ‘BC’) to refer a file to restorative justice (hereafter ´RJ´).According to the Canadian Inventory of RJ Programs there are RJ programs for youths and  adults available in every province and territory in Canada. While this information reveals RJ programs are present throughout Canada it is not clear how or if these programs are utilized by RCMP or in what context. We know that RJ was identified as a national strategic priority for the RCMP in 1997 and removed from the priority list in 2002 although questions remain as to how or if the change in priority has impacted the use of RJ within the RCMP. There is no national RCMP policy regarding the use of RJ. Given the scope of the RCMP’s policing agreements across Canada, it is reasonable to assume that acceptance of RJ practice by the RCMP would provide a strong impetus for the remainder of policing agencies in Canada to embrace RJ as a legitimate element of the justice system.

Jun 27, 2013 , ,

Arc of Justice

From the article by Sidrah Fatma Ahmed in the Morung Express: 

The Central Jail, Dimapur has open lawns. Prisoners stroll in pairs of two and three, chatting. A group of inmates and a constable sit under a tree and chat casually. Jails in Nagaland were built due to the hegemony of the British Raj and then later the Indian state. They were mostly created on an emergency basis during the height of the Independence movement in 1970. Nagaland has one Central Jail, three District Jails and seven Sub- Jails.

Jun 26, 2013 , ,

School hopes talking it out keeps kids from dropping out

from the article by Jennifer Guerra on Capital Public Radio:

Out-of-school suspensions are on the rise across the country, a troubling statistic when you consider being suspended just once ups a student's chances of dropping out entirely. That's why many districts are hoping to keep kids in school by trying an alternative to suspension.

The "conflict resolution room" at Ypsilanti High School in Michigan is quiet and sparse — just a small couch, some chairs and a plant. For decoration there are a few homemade posters with drawings of shooting stars and signs with slogans like "Together we can!" and "Think before you speak."

It's where students go when they're on the verge of being suspended.

Jun 25, 2013 ,

Restorative Justice Circles promotes one voice, as speakers share one at a time.

A recent entry by Kris Miner on Restorative Justice and Circles

 ...I teach and train keepers of Restorative Justice Circles, to promote equality in dignity and worth.  This means in language and speech about describing the Circle.  Saying phrases that might seem cheesy, yet promote this sense of community and connection.  For example “lets sit equal distance from the Center” , “next to each other, knees and shoulders”, “if we were a tire we would go down the road smooth and round”.  If you request it kindly, gently and from a good heart, people hear it that way.  There are other ways to promote within the space, making sure if you are in the room you are in the Circle.  Not having a different chair, or some people using bean bags.  I co-create with the space I have, moving furniture if needed.

Jun 24, 2013

Sex victims 'should get court choice'

From the article by Jane Lee in The Courier:

Victims of sexual assaults, particularly in cases unlikely to result in a conviction, should be able to access other forms of justice, former state attorney-general Rob Hulls says.

Mr Hulls, now the director of RMIT's Centre for Innovative Justice, said that while more people had been prosecuted for sexual offences over the past five years, they still carried one of the lowest rates of conviction of any crime.

This was partly due to the ''he said, she said'' battle after perpetrators pleaded not guilty, and the high standard of proof - beyond reasonable doubt - required for serious crimes.

The adversarial court system, which is often costly and unwieldy, had failed many victims as a result. It would continue to deter them from the prosecution process and could retraumatise them.

Jun 21, 2013 ,

It's all about relationships

By Lynette Parker

I recently started reading the book, When helping hurts: How to alleviate poverty without hurting the poor…and yourself.  Although I’m only in chapter three, I find the concepts very interesting in understanding the complex situations and forces surrounding people living in poverty. A major theme coming out of chapter two really resonated with me, “Poverty is the result of relationships that do not work, that are not just, that are not for life, that are not harmonious or enjoyable.” At the top of one page I wrote, ‘sounds restorative.’

Jun 20, 2013

Review: Restorative Justice-Theories and Practices of Moral Imagination

by Eric Assur

LFB Scholarly Publishing, El Paso,  2012, Amy Levad (author) www.lfbscholarly.com        Hardback   300 pages

The title alone should draw in the curious criminal justice reader. Just what is Moral Imagination and how is it related to North American justice, philosophy and practice?  Amy Levad, clearly a proponent of a better way of doing justice, takes readers on a journey through philosophy and criminal justice practice. In what can readily be found ‘on line’ as her doctoral dissertation for the Emory University Religion, Ethics, and Society department, Levad provides both an overview of  criminal justice and restorative justice (RJ) practices and a primer on Nicomachean Ethics and other works by Aristotle. Five unnamed counties in Colorado with RJ programs are the target for a research segment of the book. The book, a bit heavy on the philosophy, serves as a well thought out support of the restorative justice field by a self described Christian social ethicist. Religion is never the focus of the book, but some faith groups are credited for their seminal RJ projects and their ongoing support of a justice which cares for victims and seeks, when appropriate, restoration of relationships over more punitive justice modes.

Jun 19, 2013 ,

Gwent police officer tackles crime by bringing criminals face-to-face with their victims

From the article on WalesOnline:

A police officer is tackling crime in a different way – by bringing criminals face to face with their victims.

PC Hayley Nowell became part of the team at Blaenau Gwent and Caerphilly Youth Offending Service (YOS) last year to work on a restorative justice programme.

It involves victims of crime meeting the offenders to explain the effect their actions have had.

PC Nowell described the tactic as “powerful” and said it has proven results in reducing repeat offending.

Jun 18, 2013 , , ,

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

From the article by Ian Marder on TransConflict:

Restorative justice is a form of conflict resolution in which those harmed by crime or conflict, and those responsible for the harm, are brought together into communication, enabling everyone affected by a particular incident to play a part in repairing the harm and finding a positive way forward. The restorative justice movement is making waves in schools, community services, post-conflict societies, criminal justice processes and housing and care settings around the world, and the effectiveness of using restorative practices to resolve conflicts in these contexts is increasingly being recognised, leading to its underpinning in national and international legal frameworks.

Restorative justice can be conducted safely and effectively at all parts of the criminal justice process, but there are certain advantages which are specific to its use at the pre-sentence stage. This includes, for example, its ability to inform the sentencing decisions of magistrates and judges by giving them an additional opportunity to learn about the state of mind, character and level of contrition of the offender, ultimately leading to a better targeted and more responsive use of criminal justice interventions. Moreover, allowing for restorative justice at this point affords those involved in an incident the chance to resolve the conflict themselves with minimal state intervention.

Jun 17, 2013 , ,

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