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In Camden, young ex-offenders spread antiviolence message

from the article on

Wilson Rodriguez thought he had something worthwhile to say, but he wondered why a young audience would listen to a 21-year-old parolee convicted as a teenager in the bludgeoning death of a sleeping homeless man.

He told more than a dozen youngsters in an event hosted by the Camden Board of Education he and his friends "did something horrible and someone ended up dying."

Dec 31, 2013 , ,

Social harm and social harmony

from chapter 3 of the unpublished PhD thesis by Sarah Henkeman:

...This thesis is not the first attempt to combine the notion of restorative justice with other concepts.  In an article termed Transformative Justice: the transformation of restorative justice, Harris (2006) captures the restorative justice/transformative justice debate.  Barak (2000) makes the case for integrative praxis in his article termed Repressive vs Restorative justice: a case for integrative praxis. From restorative justice literature, in general two conceptions of restorative justice processing can be discerned. The one is a modest conception based on individual (dispositional) theories of crime and the other is an expansive view which is closer to peacebuilding and has a further distinction.  One distinction is based on situational theories of crime which hold that structural factors are responsible for crime. The other distinction is based on integrative theories of crime which hold that there is an interaction between individual and structural factors that produce crime and that structural factors should be taken into account during restorative justice processing.

The view based on individual theories of crime is straightforward as most, if not all, criminal justice systems around the world process individual criminal cases by ‘responsibilising’ (Pavlich, 2005:10; Strang & Braithwaite, 2001:6)  the offender. Social circumstances of the offender might be considered in mitigation of sentence, but it is not taken into account otherwise. When cases are referred for restorative justice processing from the criminal justice system, practitioners cannot change the criminal law definition, and they process cases on the basis of individual propensity. This resonates with a modest view of restorative justice which focuses on the intra- and interpersonal levels only.

Dec 30, 2013 ,

Alternative road for victims of sex crime

from the article on

Justice found Paula not in a courtroom but at home. It had taken 30 years for the Auckland professional to reveal that her uncle had sexually abused her, and when she did, her father immediately called a family meeting.

Dec 27, 2013 , ,

Trench democracy in criminal justice: An interview with Lauren Abramson

from the article by Albert W. Dzur on Boston Review:

...Lauren Abramson: We define “community” as the community of people who have been affected by and involved in the conflict or the crime. Everybody who’s involved in or affected by the situation, and their respective supporters, is included. We make the circle as wide as possible. Thus, conferences usually include between ten and forty people. The Streeper Street neighborhood conflict had been going on for two years and forty-four people attended. Conferences are always about engaging the entire community of people affected by whatever’s going on and giving them the power to try to fix it.

Dec 26, 2013 ,

Seeing the hidden

by Lynette Parker

When I facilitate restorative justice training, I usually start out talking about the criminal justice processes and all the people involved.  As we discuss the court process, I will often ask, “Who is missing?” The answer is “victims.” Many times when we discuss crime and justice, victims do become hidden in the discussion of fair or appropriate punishments for breaking laws. Yet, the direct victim of any crime is only the first of many individuals harmed by crime but hidden from our discussions of justice.

Dec 25, 2013

The Whos down in Whoville and restorative justice

from the article by Andrerw Suderman:

Next to biblical nativity stories, How the Grinch Stole Christmas by Dr. Seuss is one of my favorite seasonal tales. We read it as a family every Christmas Eve.      

While we typically view this vintage Dr. Seuss yarn as a reminder that there is more to Christmas than its trappings, it offers something unexpected too. It shares an example of restorative justice at work.


Dec 24, 2013 ,

Restorative classroom practice

from the manual from Belinda Hopkins:

This short booklet uses extracts from our various publications to give classroom teachers in particular an idea of what restorative approaches might mean applied in their day-to-day work. 

Although people tend to think of restorative approaches applying only when things go wrong, in fact the pro-active elements are by far the most important. In this regard there is overlap with work your school may already be doing to develop active and more participatory teaching and learning styles, social and emotional skills, community cohesion, greater student voice and participation, and preventative policies to minimise the risk of bullying. 

Dec 23, 2013 ,

Juvenile crime rises after Newman government cuts rehab program

from the article on the

The president of the Queensland children's court has urged the Newman government to re-instate a juvenile offenders' program it cut at the start of 2013.

With the latest statistics showing an increase in juvenile offenders, Judge Michael Shanahan criticised the government's decision to end the court-ordered Youth Justice Conference program.


Dec 20, 2013 , , , , ,

Chance to talk with offender a big help

from the article from Taranaki Daily News Online:

Joanna Hanson and Bryan Benton know the importance of Restorative Justice first hand.

About seven years ago Joanna Hanson's husband was involved in a car accident and opted for a Restorative Justice conference.

At that same conference Bryan Benton was their support person.

Dec 19, 2013 ,

Restorative discipline program in San Antonio middle school reduces student suspensions

from the article on the University of Texas at Austin website:

A San Antonio middle school with some of the highest discipline rates in its district has experienced an 84 percent drop in off-campus suspensions during the past year since administrators began using “restorative discipline” as an alternative to “zero tolerance” to deal with conflicts among students.

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