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Six boys, one cop, and the road to restorative justice

from the article by Molly Rowan Leach:

It’s a warm summer night in Longmont, Colorado, a vibrant midsized city in the Rocky Mountains.  On a dare, six young men aged between ten and thirteen years plan to break into a giant chemical processing plant. High levels of alcohol and testosterone, peer pressure and a moonless night propel the group towards the locked gates of the factory, and they break in.

Across town at the Police Department, Officer Greg Ruprecht is about to embark on night patrol.  A former Army Captain and top of his class at the Police Academy, Ruprecht believes his job is to arrest everyone who commits a crime and throw away the key. Justice means punishment: an eye for an eye, no questions asked. You do something bad and you get what you deserve. There’s a clear line to walk. But what occurred at the chemical plant that night changed him forever by awakening a very different sensibility: instead of an instrument of vengeance, justice requires that we work to restore all those who have been injured by a crime.

Aug 30, 2013 , , , , , ,

Addressing lateral violence in the workplace

From the report by John Thompson-Mills:

...Restorative Justice is now appearing in another form of conflict resolution, to address lateral violence in Aboriginal communities.

Lateral violence is a verbal form of bullying but it can occur in many forms from making faces and raising eyebrows to malicious gossip, shaming, backstabbing, broken confidences and social exclusion.

Aug 29, 2013 , , ,

Approaching juvenile crime head on

From the article by Leila day

When people get into trouble with the law, they normally don’t have a chance to have a conversation with their victims. To explain what happened. Hear about the damage they caused. Say they’re sorry. But there’s a growing trend to try and make that happen, so both parties can move on.

Restorative Justice brings together the accused, the victim, supportive parties, and authorities. All at the same table in a safe space. It’s an old idea and it’s international. In fact, in New Zealand, where it was originally used by indigenous Maoris, it's a mandatory part of the criminal justice system. Here, in the U.S, these community conferences are increasingly being used in prisons, schools and as an alternative to juvenile detention.

Aug 28, 2013 , , , , ,

OP-ED: The Power of Community Conferencing

from the article by John Lash:

Sitting in a circle has an equalizing effect, allowing everyone to see each other clearly, inviting connection. It has a different feeling than sitting in rows to hear a presentation, or sitting in a courtroom facing a judge. There isn’t anywhere to hide in a circle. It is my experience that circles invite us to share vulnerability and honesty.

I was reminded of this when I watched an hour-long documentary, Fixing Juvie Justice, on PBS.

Aug 27, 2013 , , ,

Helping people listen to each other

by Lynette Parker

Sometime last year, I attended a workshop focused on helping non-profits tell their stories. The idea was that everyone involved in an organisation –employee or volunteer – can tell a story that very simply and concisely communicate what the organisation does. We were encouraged to think of one sentence that communicates the core of our experiences and hooked people into wanting to know more. 

I’ve been thinking about this a lot lately. How can I summarise my experiences as a restorative conferencing facilitator in one sentence? I recently came up with, “I help people listen to each other.” 

Aug 26, 2013

Restorative justice handles punishment

From the article in the Courier Islander:

Five Campbell River residents including one juvenile found themselves in hot water after they were identified as the vandals who targeted the new Splash Park with graffiti and broke a bench almost as soon as the popular attraction was opened.

"The community in general was greatly annoyed at these events with many people taking to social media and local newspapers to voice their displeasure at the actions of those involved," said Troy Beauregard, Staff Sgt. and Operations Commander of the Campbell River RCMP.

Aug 23, 2013 , , ,

Burglar shocked about grandchildren

From article on the Why me? website:

John crept into Larry’s house in the early hours of the morning. He took his iphone and car keys from right beside his sleeping head and then stole his car.

Larry woke the next morning with a shock to realise he had been burgled. Struggling to come to terms with the burglary and his loss, Larry was deeply affected by the crime, losing sleep, changing his car, and eventually moving house.

Aug 22, 2013 , , , ,

Do not jail thieves and fraudsters, law professor says

From the BBC News UK article:

In a pamphlet released by the Howard League for Penal Reform, Prof Andrew Ashworth said jail should be reserved for offenders who commit crimes of a violent, sexual or threatening nature.

Fines and community sentences would be more effective for others and reduce the prison population in England and Wales by almost 6,000, he said.

But the government said it had "no intention" of changing the law.

Aug 21, 2013 , ,

Good practice Manual: Restorative justice – Support and counselling for crime victims.

From the Introduction to the Manual:

As the name implies, the Restorative Justice – Support  and Counselling for Crime Victims project was carried out under the philosophical umbrella of Restorative Justice theories and practice. This is not the fi rst time the project partners are encountering the topic and concept of Restorative Justice. One could say that the Czech Probation and Mediation Service has restorative justice in its job description, and the Service is one of its greatest proponents. The Association of Citizen Advice Centres and its centres, the establishment of which in the 1990s was strongly inspired by British citizen advice centres, has been working with the Probation and Mediation Service for nearly eight years and is making an important contribution towards the development of Restorative Justice principles in projects focused on crime victims.

Aug 20, 2013 ,

Restorative justice: Evidence-based practice or practice in search of evidence

From the Justice Management Institute Blog:

From time to time, we will get a question from our partners about the evidence behind restorative justice: Does research show that it works?  Is it an evidence-based practice?  I quietly groan a little when I get these questions – not because they are bad questions but because the answers are complex and elusive.  In many ways, it feels like I am offering more questions than answers when I do respond.  Nonetheless, I decided this week to take on the subject, because it is a growing movement in criminal justice (and juvenile justice) and it can be a promising complement to some of the evidence-based practices that have emerged from the research.

Aug 19, 2013 , , ,

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