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Discipline with dignity: Oakland classrooms try healing instead of punishment

from the article by Fania Davis:

Tommy, an agitated 14-year-old high school student in Oakland, Calif., was in the hallway cursing out his teacher at the top of his lungs. A few minutes earlier, in the classroom, he’d called her a “b___” after she twice told him to lift his head from the desk and sit up straight. Eric Butler, the school coordinator for Restorative Justice for Oakland Youth (RJOY—the author is executive director of the organization) heard the ruckus and rushed to the scene. The principal also heard it and appeared. Though Butler tried to engage him in conversation, Tommy was in a rage and heard nothing. He even took a swing at Butler that missed. Grabbing the walkie-talkie to call security, the principal angrily told Tommy he would be suspended.

Feb 28, 2014 , , , , , , , , , , , , , ,

Restorative Justice Storytelling for those harmed, hoping to heal, 3 goals and a story.

from the blog article by Kris Miner:

Developing the skill set for working with storytellers is one of the most crucial building blocks for developing a successful Restorative Justice program.  Stories are a key element in Restorative Justice Circles.  Having powerful storytellers . . . common everyday people who have experienced a trauma and have the ability to share that story in a way that is transformative for the teller and listener both.

Feb 27, 2014 ,

Can Mandela's model for restorative justice work in healthcare?

from the article on the Health Service Journal:

...Rather than being motivated by the desire for vengeance, Mandela was a driving force behind the establishment of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission in 1995, a distinctive approach to addressing the aftermath of harm that emphasised healing over punishment.

Feb 26, 2014 , ,

Study finds executions do little to heal victims’ families

from the article on PsychCentral:

A new study suggests that the primary reason people say they support the death penalty is based on an incorrect assumption — that the death of the murderer would bring satisfaction and closure to the victim’s family.

The study itself does not advocate for the death penalty or for life without the possibility of parole (LWOP).  It is the first study, however, dealing directly with whether capital punishment affects the healing of murder victims’ loved ones.

Feb 25, 2014 ,

Golding says restorative justice centre opening in west Kingston

from the article in the Jamaica Observer:

Minister of Justice, Senator Mark Golding, says that a restorative justice centre is to be opened in West Kingston, shortly.

“The programme has established seven restorative justice centres, which are serving the volatile communities, and we intend to open another centre to serve West Kingston,” Senator Golding told the Senate in a statement Friday morning.

Feb 24, 2014 ,

Restorative justice lessons from Libya

from the article by John Braithwaite and Tamim Rashed:

One of the things we often say in lectures on restorative justice is that we do not know of any case where angry words in restorative justice conferences escalated to violence with physical injury. This is remarkable because stakeholders are often extremely angry. The explanation, we argue, is that even the worst and most violent among us, have multiple selves. The restorative justice conference is a strategy that coaxes us to put our ‘best self’ forward. 

We always wince as we make this claim. We wonder if some of our practitioner colleagues really had restorative justice cases that had concluded with violence, but decided not to mention them because it was not a great accomplishment for this to happen. The day might come, we thought, when someone would jump up and say they knew of cases where violence broke out in conferences!

Feb 21, 2014 , ,

Restorative justice in the Australian criminal justice system

from the report by Jacqueline Joudo Larsen:

In 2001, Heather Strang prepared a report for the Criminology Research Council summarising restorative justice programs in Australia (Strang 2001). At that time, restorative justice was largely seen as suitable for juvenile offenders and for less serious offences. Every state and territory had a youth conferencing scheme in place, while only Queensland, Western Australia and the Australian Capital Territory were using conferencing with adult offenders. At the time, the use of restorative justice beyond police and courts was beginning to be explored.

In 2013, the Australian Institute of Criminology undertook to build on this early work by reviewing restorative justice programs currently operating within Australian criminal justice systems and identifying the issues currently facing restorative justice.

Feb 20, 2014 , , ,

Gunman at my door: How one sentence saved my life

from the article by Prison Fellowship England & Wales:

Robert*, a Prison Fellowship volunteer on our Sycamore Tree programme, shares with us how he was determined to turn a few moments of terror at gunpoint into a life-changing meeting of restoration.

Feb 19, 2014 , , , ,

Guilt vs. shame

by Lynette Parker

Recently, I read a short article exploring the impact of guilt and shame on re-offending that made me wonder about the difference between the two. Based on interviews with 470 prisoners and the one-year recidivism rates after their release, the research showed that those who expressed guilt had a lower reoffending rate than those who expressed shame and defensiveness.

Feb 18, 2014 , ,

RJC CPD: Working with young victims throughout the restorative justice process

from the event announcement:

This event will build on the skills and best practice outlined in the recent Working with Victims event, but focusing on the specific skills that are required when dealing with young victims from first contact to post-conference.  Structured facilitation will enable participants to share their own practice while Charlotte Calkin will also demonstrate practical exercises which can be used to encourage young people to participate in restorative justice processes and support the development of their communication skills.

Feb 18, 2014

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