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Young racists and victims come face to face in new justice scheme

from the article on Bristol24-7:

...Claimed to be the first of its kind in the country, the scheme aims to tackle hate crimes among the city’s young people.

Young people aged 16 to 24 who have acted in a racist or prejudicial way will be brought together with their victims in a controlled setting to talk about what happened between them and how a similar situation can be prevented.

Sep 30, 2013 , ,

Living the R’s of Restorative Justice Respect, Relationship, Responsibility.

From the blog article by Kris Miner:

...Respect is deeper than just not rolling your eyes, or reacting negatively to someone else.  It is holding, really holding that honor and recognition of equal dignity and worth in another human being.  In Restorative Justice we ask people to hold that deep respect, even for those that have caused us pain and harm.  I try to check myself in these concepts.  ”Be the message” and “live the prayer”.  Holding respect that means “honoring the dignity and worth” of each and every person.


Sep 27, 2013 , ,

South Africa: Judging Ubuntu and Africanisation of the Child Justice Act

from the article by Khunou Samuel Freddy on All

The attention for the child justice system in the new South Africa has not only been inspired by the new constitution-based rights of children in conflict with the law, but also international law and the general principles of ubuntu and jurisprudence of African traditional justice.

In compliance with the precepts of international law and the 1996 Constitution, the national parliament promulgated the Child Justice Act 75 of 2008 (CJA) to establish a criminal justice system for children.

The CJA also expands on and entrenches the principles of restorative justice. Previously in South Africa, the Children's Protection Act 25 of 1913 (CJ) was the embodiment of the trend towards child justice. This act permitted the presiding officer to decline to continue with a criminal trial against a child and to then commit the child to a government industrial school.

Sep 26, 2013 , , , ,

Faith groups and restorative justice

from the article by Martin Wright on the Restorative Works Learning Network:

A government minister, Jeremy Wright, recently raised hopes of a new approach to criminal justice for England and Wales based on restorative justice. Disappointingly, it is being introduced half-heartedly. The Opposition is attacking it for the wrong reasons; the voluntary sector seems to have no clear strategy for making it happen, and it could fall into the lap of profit-oriented companies. But faith-based groups could fill the gap and help to transform the system.

Restorative justice is based not on ‘returning evil for evil’ but on healing the harm, and where possible enabling the victim to tell the offender the effects of the crime on him or her, and to ask questions. This can be an eye-opener to the offender. Unlike the adversarial criminal trial, the process encourages empathy on both sides, although of course it doesn’t guarantee it.

Sep 25, 2013 , , ,

Restoring the balance: Ensuring RJ post-sentence is safe and helpful for victims

From the event announcement:

The conference will bring together projects and participants from across Europe to share practice with each other and RJ practitioners in the UK. It will explore how to engage victims in RJ, whilst ensuring that processes are safe and prevent the possibility of further victimisation. 

Sep 25, 2013

Everyone has a story

by Lynette Parker

I find training to be one of the best parts of my job. I enjoy watching people grasp the concepts of restorative justice and how to apply them in different contexts. Occasionally, people share personal stories that make for a much more powerful training experience.

Sep 24, 2013 ,

Restorative Justice: Is the Message Getting Through?

From the article by Javed Khan:

It's funny how you find out that you're winning the argument.

I was watching EastEnders when I realised attitudes towards restorative justice were really shifting.

The episode showed Kat Moon meeting Ronnie Mitchell - the woman who had stolen Kat's baby - at the prison gates.

It was an intense and dramatic scene ending with Kat inviting Ronnie to stay with her, despite her continuing anger at the crime.

For years we have been arguing that victims want more than just punishment for their offenders - they want them to stop committing crimes and to understand the impact of those crimes. In some cases, victims even want a face-to-face explanation from the criminal about why they committed the offence.

Sep 23, 2013 ,

Review: The little book of restorative justice for colleges and universities

from the review by Duane Rohrbacher:

The purpose of The Little Book of Restorative Justice for Colleges and Universities is not to determine how to fit restorative justice (‘RJ’) practices into student conduct programming. The purpose of this book is to expose the reader to RJ practices, the theory behind RJ, and to offer examples of how institutions with different student populations have successfully implemented RJ programming into their student conduct scheme. The author offers three different types of RJ models: conferencing, circles, and boards. These are all explained in detail in separate chapters. The audience for this book is clearly student conduct administrators. A student conduct administrator, who is interested in exploring RJ principles, though, would only find the first six chapters useful.

Sep 20, 2013 , ,

Burglar turns his life around after meeting victim

From the article by Lisa Jones on the Gloucestershire Echo:

A reformed burglar has turned his life around after meeting one of his victims face to face.

Jamie Hooper broke into homes in Gloucestershire and stole whatever he could carry to feed his drug habit.

Sep 19, 2013 ,

Compulsory Mediation within Civil and Criminal Law: Good, Bad, or Just Plain Daft

From the article on ILennon: A Comment on Legal Developments:

...Mediation is a process which carries with it undeniable successes, and which when used in the right circumstances is a altogether good thing, providing access to justice, a speedy and affordable process and a way of resolving disputes in a manner designed to restore and preserve relationships. “In all dispute resolution methods there is always pressure for change”[i], one such change mediation faces is the possibility of being made a compulsory precursor to litigation. This paper takes a short but critical look at the possible outcomes if a statutory requirement meant that mediation become compulsory within Civil and Criminal claims.

Sep 18, 2013 , , ,

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