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Showing 10 posts published between May 01, 2014 and May 31, 2014 [Show all]

How far would you go to stop another crime?

from the story on Sycamore Voices:

It’s easy to feel helpless about the rate of crime in our society but a growing number of people are facing this fear and participating in the justice system to make it more effective for our communities. They have a holistic view of crime that looks at the total impact of harm – starting with the victim – and takes practical steps to deal with it.

May 30, 2014 , , ,

Restorative justice helps Gloucestershire's sliding youth crime rates

from the article in the Gloucester Citizen:

Radical steps to reduce numbers of Gloucestershire child criminals are showing signs of success with a 70 per cent drop in young offending.

Research shows county arrests have dropped from 3,035 in 2008 to 920 in 2013.

Gloucestershire Police are hailing restorative justice schemes, where children apologise to victims and undertake community payback to atone for their crimes.

May 29, 2014 , ,

Victims of sexual assault deserve more justice options: report

from the article from RMIT University:

An RMIT University report has called for the introduction of restorative justice meetings between victims and offenders as part of a range of measures to support justice for victims of sexual assault.

May 28, 2014 ,

Home raid victim meets her burglar

from the article in The Argus:

A burglary victim has told how she met the man who broke into her family’s home.

The homeowner met the jailed burglar through the Sussex Restorative Justice Partnership – a scheme where victims meet offenders to tell them how they feel.

May 27, 2014 , , , ,

Restoring what? The practice, promise and perils of restorative justice in New Zealand

from the article by Chris Marshall:

...Restorative justice practice is informed or controlled by three core convictions or foundational assumptions. The first is an understanding of crime as injury more than infraction. Crime is not viewed simply as the breaking of the law, or the transgressing of some moral or spiritual code; it is the harming of actual persons, the infliction of real personal losses, the tearing of the web of relationships that interconnect us in society: the wounding, indeed, of our very humanity. Not all harms are crimes, of course, and not all crimes cause equal harm. But what fundamentally marks out crime as wrong is that it injures, or seriously threatens to injure, the persons involved and violates their relational integrity.

May 26, 2014 ,

Sycamore Tree Project® is ‘tougher on crime’

from the article by Melissa Hutton:

With a lump in my throat coupled with a sense of nervousness, I entered the Correctional Centre with my fellow victims of crime and the facilitators of the Sycamore Tree Project. What transpired throughout the next 8 weeks was extraordinary.

May 23, 2014 , , , ,

Love creates space for restorative justice

from the article by Andrew Hamilton:

One of the notable developments in the justice system in recent years has been the attention given to the victims of serious crime. Those directly affected and their relatives have been given a chance to speak and so to influence sentencing. As a result the consequences of crime receive wider publicity.

Paula's story

from the article from the Restorative Justice Council:

"It was January, and I was walking my dog some time after 4pm – it was almost dark. It was absolutely freezing, and I was walking along a well-lit footpath near where I live. My phone rang, and I dug it out of my pocket – I was so wrapped up against the cold that only my eyes and nose were uncovered.

May 21, 2014 , , ,

Pre-sentence restorative justice

from the policy guidance released the Ministry of Justice: 

This guidance has been issued by the Secretary of State for Justice under section 1ZA(6) of the Powers of the Criminal Courts (Sentencing) Act 2000 about deferring the passing of sentence to allow for restorative justice (RJ).

This guidance is not legally binding but it is intended to inform practice. It provides RJ practitioners with an overview of the processes involved in delivering pre-sentence RJ. Practitioners must have regard to this guandance, with a view to spreading good practice nation wide. 

May 20, 2014 , , ,

Hope for healing

from the article in

The approval of the transitional justice bill by the President’s Office is a milestone in Nepal’s peace process. Discussions surrounding the Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC) so far, however, signal a preoccupation with political, legal and logistical issues at the expense of a key aspect of reconciliation: healing.

May 19, 2014 ,

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