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Youth offending service wins national award

From the article in The Northern Echo:

A NORTH-EAST youth offenders service has won a prestigious national award for its efforts to help young people avoid the criminal system by making them take responsibility for their actions.

The Darlington Youth Offending Service (YOS) works in partnership with Durham Police to steer first time offenders away from the court system by using restorative justice, where the young person is made to face up to what they have done and make amends.

Jul 31, 2013 , , ,

Restorative justice is on the rise

From the article by Molly Rowan Leach at Huff Post Crime:

Restorative Justice is on the rise exponentially in the United States. As millions continue to experience and witness a collective 'justice' that is tainted by racial discrimination, by billions in profit, by the warehousing of our meek, a school-to-prison pipeline and by the practices of expecting punishment and isolation for all involved when crime occurs to actually function as rehabilitative, there is a form in the air, in the political, in the grassroots, in the hearts of the people, that offers a viable life-ring out of this deluge.

Jul 30, 2013 , ,

Ruth Krug: Courtroom can't be the only place to find justice

From the article by Ruth Krug on
Geroge Zimmerman’s acquittal in the shooting death of Trayvon Martin has left many people frustrated and sad. But what seems to be lacking in the public discussion is hope for the future of this nation despite this tragedy.
And what about asking the question: does justice truly begin and end in a courtroom?

Jul 29, 2013 , ,

Restorative justice behind prison walls

from the article by Pierre R. Berastain from Huff Post Crime:

On June 22 and 23, I made a promise to individuals typically considered convicted murderers, thieves, and drug dealers, most of whom are serving at least one life sentence for their crimes. I have sat on my thoughts and words for a few hours now because, in all sincerity, whatever I see on my screen seems lifeless, devoid of everything I experienced in the company of these men. Yet, I made a promise to tell the story of those two days.

With the help of my friend and colleague Professor Karen Lischinski, the men from the Restorative Justice Group at MCI-Norfolk Prison worked for many months to host a two-day restorative justice retreat behind prison walls. Let me repeat: The men serving time at Norfolk Prison helped put together a retreat meant to inspire inmates to rehabilitate, mend the harms they have caused, and make promises to the community in and outside the prison walls that they will live more honest and honorable lives. The experience felt transformative.

Jul 26, 2013 , ,

Review: Restorative justice today: Practical applications.

by Eric Assur

Over the past thirty years the number of books or publications on Restorative Justice (R.J.) has increased annually. In 2013 justice practitioners, students and conflict resolution (or conflict prevention) readers may proclaim this publication as their book of the year. The authors, both with interesting backgrounds and academic credentials have provided a ‘practical’ look at the current applications for R.J. in the United States and elsewhere. Unlike most North American or United Kingdom anthologies with limited geographic focus this publication provides an impressive worldwide frame of reference.  The words they use are well chosen and the entire collection of twenty five (25) articles by a well chosen collection of twenty nine listed authors is thoughtfully organized.

Jul 25, 2013

George Zimmerman Acquitted: Can Restorative Justice Apply?

from the article by Lisa Rea on Restorative Justice International: 

For those who haven’t followed this trial, Trayvon Martin was a 17-year old black teenager shot by George Zimmerman, an armed neighborhood watch volunteer in Sanford, Florida in 2012. Zimmerman was acquitted.

It’s hard to consider that such a verdict is just given the victim, Trayvon Martin, was unarmed while Zimmerman was the one with the gun.

Regardless of your views on whether the offender was “justified” in his killing Martin, let alone considering the impact of Florida’s “stand your ground” law, there is no peace from this verdict. As many have said, this verdict might be legal but it is not just. The offender killed; the victim died. The offender is released. Trayvon Martin can’t speak from the grave. The family members of the teenager are the victims left behind. Can restorative justice apply here and how? Is it available to them?

Jul 24, 2013

Survey on restorative justice for sexual violence

Imuekemhe Jessica Emike, a graduate student at the University of Durham, asked for help with her dissertation research on issues related to restorative justice in cases of sexual violence. 

A Philadelphia School's Big Bet on Nonviolence

from the article by Jeff Deeney in The Atlantic: 

Last year when American Paradigm Schools took over Philadelphia's infamous, failing John Paul Jones Middle School, they did something a lot of people would find inconceivable. The school was known as "Jones Jail" for its reputation of violence and disorder, and because the building physically resembled a youth correctional facility. Situated in the Kensington section of the city, it drew students from the heart of a desperately poor hub of injection drug users and street level prostitution where gun violence rates are off the charts. But rather than beef up the already heavy security to ensure safety and restore order, American Paradigm stripped it away. During renovations, they removed the metal detectors and barred windows.

The police predicted chaos. But instead, new numbers seem to show that in a single year, the number of serious incidents fell by 90%.

Jul 22, 2013 , , ,

Consistency and proportionality in victim-offender mediation agreements

from the article by Caryn Saxon on 

As restorative victim offender mediation programs continue to gain ground within the criminal justice system, more community organizations committed to restorative justice values and initiatives are collaborating with traditional justice agencies and offices.  While these collaborations are mutually beneficial and socially transformative, inevitable tensions emerge when restorative and traditional models of justice engage one another within a community.  In this paper, we will examine one example of this – the question of consistency and proportionality in our response to offenders and crime – and explore ways in which bilateral (restorative) and unilateral (traditional) methods of resolution can amend this apparent conflict and remain collaborative partners in effectively bringing justice to their communities and its members responsibly and safely.

Jul 19, 2013 , ,

Seeing the Other Side

From the article on

Once so full of fear that she could not sleep or speak, Melissa now stood before a group of prisoners to read aloud a letter she wrote to the man whose crime tormented her for years. "What you did to me 14 years ago changed my life forever,” she read from her letter. She was recalling the day when a man held a gun to her head during a robbery at the bank where she worked in Queensland, Australia. While the robbery lasted only a short time, the ramifications from it continue to affect Melissa today. “I lost years of my life and years from my children’s life,” she lamented. “I prayed the world would stop. The world kept spinning, and while other lives thrived, mine stood still.”

Jul 18, 2013 , , , ,

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