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Restorative justice returns goodness

from the article in the Wairarapa Times-Age:

Restoring well-being following a crime is something the Wairarapa Restorative Justice team delights in watching unfold.

The programme, run through Featherston's Presbyterian Support Service Family Works, has been offering services for the past three years, bringing offenders and victims together in a safe and controlled environment. This allows the offender to acknowledge their wrongdoing and both sides to reach an agreement on putting it right.

Apr 30, 2014 , , ,

Close to Home: Zero tolerance or restorative justice?

from the article by David Sortino:

The Obama administration's push to eliminate a zero-tolerance discipline philosophy in American public schools was long overdue.

Zero tolerance is a tool that became popular in the 1990s, supporting uniform and swift punishment for offenses such as truancy, smoking or possession of a weapon. Violators could lose classroom time and even be saddled with a criminal record. The recommendations encouraged schools to ensure that all school personnel be trained in classroom management, conflict resolution and approaches to de-escalate classroom disruptions.

Apr 29, 2014 ,

Restorative justice helps communities in Darlington come together, according to volunteer Rosie Dixon

from the article in the Northern Echo:

Restorative justice is helping fractured communities come together, according to a passionate volunteer.

Rosie Dixon, 22, devotes her spare time to working with Darlington’s Neighbourhood Resolution scheme, which works to resolve neighbourhood disputes using restorative approaches.

Apr 28, 2014 ,

Realising the potential of restorative justice – Billy’s story

from the article on Informa:

Throughout its decade-long working history in Victoria’s Youth Justice Group Conferencing space, Jesuit Social Services has facilitated hundreds of improved outcomes for young offenders and their victims. For Glen McClure, the organisation’s Youth Justice Group Conferencing Coordinator, few stories have resonated as deeply as that of Billy (not his real name).

Apr 25, 2014 , , , ,

Jill Schellenberg: Justice must serve victims

from the article by Jill Schellenberg:

When a crime is committed, who is the victim?

The answer seems obvious: The person harmed by the criminal act.

But our system of justice treats crime primarily as an offense against the state. If those who break the law are even caught (most are not), they are tried, sentenced and ordered to pay back society via fines, probation or incarceration.

Apr 24, 2014 , ,

The simple matter of saying sorry: Language skills and restorative conferencing

from the article by Pamela Snow:

...In Australia, all states and territories have enshrined approaches to the processing of young offenders that embed three core principles:

  • adolescents are not “miniature adults” and should therefore be treated in accordance with their developmental needs;
  • wherever possible, it is desirable to divert young people away from formal convictions, whether community-based or custodial, and accordingly, 
  • detention is an option of last resort.

Apr 23, 2014 ,

The sociological imagination: Restorative justice

from the article by Ariel Hsieh:

The concept and practice of Restorative Justice have been around for centuries and focuses on addressing the needs of victims, offenders, and the greater community in response to harmful or criminal acts. In contrast to the traditional American legal system, referred to henceforth as conventional justice, restorative justice allows a framework for victims and/or communities to be directly involved in the reparative process, encouraging offenders to take responsibility for their actions by seeing how their actions have harmed others. In recent decades, we have seen the manifestation of the mentality that we as a society should be “tough on crime,” particularly on the causes of crime, in our attitudes regarding crime prevention. 

However, consistently high rates of recidivism and reconvictions through the conventional system suggests a particularly frightening conclusion: that the criminal justice system itself contributes to crime in modern societies. While aspects of criminal justice such as inadequate rehabilitation programs and insufficient resettlement resources for life post-incarceration have been blamed for contributing to crime among convicted criminals, there is another more fundamental explanation that is rooted in the way in which society frames the connections between victims, criminals, and society. 

Apr 22, 2014 ,

'We shook hands... I got upset and started crying. Then Glenn broke down'

from the article on No Offence!:

When a passing cyclist intervened as a drunk racially abused two Asian women in Nottingham city centre, it changed both men's lives.

Shad Ali, punched to the ground and kicked in the face, ended up in an operating theatre. His assailant Glenn Jackson, eventually snared by CCTV footage, ended up in prison.

Almost seven years on they met at HMP Featherstone, Wolverhampton, for the first time. They embraced and wept before sitting down to share their feelings about the incident and its aftermath.

Apr 21, 2014 ,

Circles: Healing through restorative justice

from the article by Laurel J. Felt:

“Who or what inspires you to be your best self?”

This is hardly the question that most Angelenos would ask at 9:30 in the morning on a gray, rainy Saturday. But for the 80+ adults and youth who gathered on March 2 at Mendez Learning Center in Boyle Heights, this introspective query kicked off “Circles,” a rich, daylong exploration of Restorative Justice.

Apr 18, 2014 ,

Restorative justice for everyone: An innovative program and case study from Turners Falls High School in Massachusetts

from the article by David Bulley and Thomas Osborn:

Restorative Justice generally exists as an alternative to traditional discipline. In most schools a student who acts out will be referred to the assistant principal or to the dean of students who then makes a determination: Is the student a candidate for restorative justice or should they be disciplined the traditional way of detentions or suspensions? Often this includes a choice by the student. In fact, as part of most restorative conferences, the perpetrator is informed that participation is voluntary and that at any time they can opt out and subject themselves to traditional justice. One problem with this system is that too many students welcome an out of school suspension.

Apr 17, 2014 , , ,

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