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Local John Howard Society gets $40K from province for restorative justice

from the article in the Medicine Hat News:

The province has announced it will be providing $360,000 across Alberta for restorative justice programs including $40,000 for the city’s John Howard Society.

Jun 30, 2014 , ,

Restorative justice in education – possibilities, but also concerns

from the blog article by Kathy Evans:

There is a great deal of momentum right now for implementing restorative justice in education. This makes me incredibly excited – and a bit nervous.

Let’s start with the good news! RJ is gaining lots of attention in education. Recently, the U.S. Departments of Justice and Education came together to issue a colleague letter alerting schools that they can be cited for disproportionately disciplining students in certain categories. These federal agencies then recommended restorative justice as one way to address disproportionate discipline in schools!

Jun 27, 2014 ,

Restorative justice in Seychelles: Convicts come face to face with the victims of their crimes

from the article by the Seychelles News Agency:

Seychellois and tourists alike had packed the streets in the Seychelles capital of Victoria on Saturday April 26, 2014, to be amazed by the display of extravagant costumes and cultures, as a parade of floats in the fourth Carnaval International de Victoria got underway.

Working at the University of Seychelles, the Indian Ocean Island’s first and only university, Seychellois lecturer Luciana Lagrenade, had also planned to be part of this carnival as her 19 year old daughter was also participating alongside colleagues from the School of Dance, but instead she found herself making her way up the hills that leads to the Western part of the main island of Mahé.

Accompanied by family members, Lagrenade joined Anglican church clergy, Father Bryan Volcere to head to the Montagne Posée prison for an encounter with the person who killed her cousin nearly 21 years ago.

Jun 26, 2014

As city prepares to rethink school discipline, a look at restorative justice programs in action

from the article in Chalk Beat:

It’s a clear morning in mid-June, and Validus Preparatory Academy in the Bronx has that end-of-the-school-year feel. Students bid farewell to teachers, seniors tote freshly printed yearbooks, and most noticeably, students are allowed to disregard the school uniform without a call home or a trip to the principal’s office.

Yet even on a regular day, breaking the dress code would not lead to these consequences. In Validus terms, offenders would be “brought to Fairness” instead.

Jun 25, 2014 , , ,

Charities share £145k to help crime victims

from the article in the Oxford Mail:

Five charities in Oxfordshire have been given more than £145,000 in funding to help develop services for victims of crime.

Jun 24, 2014 , , ,

Restorative justice in cases of sexual violence: Power, accountability and corrective justice (and, maybe, democracy)

from the paper by Cian Ó Concubhair:

...The project is called Sexual Trauma and Abuse: Restorative and Transformative Possibilities, and it is examining the potential for restorative justice systems and remedies in cases of sexual violence in Ireland. The project is based in the School of Applied Social Science, in University College Dublin, under the direction of its principal investigator, Dr Marie Keenan. It is a qualitative study of stakeholder experiences, particularly Victim-Survivors and Offenders, of the criminal justice system and other related systems (such as the civil justice system, therapy and the media).

Jun 23, 2014 , ,

Wheaton College: Victims of violent crime speak in support of restorative justice

from the article by Lisa Rea:

What a conference we had at Wheaton College, Illinois on May 29-30, 2014 at the Correctional Ministries and Chaplains Association annual conference. RJI presented two events: one a victim’s panel with victims of violent crime who support victims-driven restorative justice and support the mission of RJI.  We also presented a workshop on victims-driven restorative justice with additional victims telling their stories of why restorative justice makes a difference. The victims who spoke were Wyoming Representative Stephen Watt, Cheryl Ward Kaiser (California), Jeanne Bishop (Illinois), Russ Turner (California) and Bill Jenkins (Illinois). Each story told was unique, each story different. RJI was honored to have each of these victims/survivors appear with us. Each victim’s story is one of healing coming out of great pain and injury.  No cut and dried stories here where each victim is alike. That is never true, but each has found a way to a place of some kind of peace. All support restorative justice and testify that it helped give them a “voice” in the justice system and allowed them to find their voices.

Jun 20, 2014

Elementary school employs restorative practices to engage students in academics and respond to harm

from the article on Restorative Works learning network:

“Usually teachers do too much talking,” said Mike Selvenis, principal of Thomas W. Holtzman Elementary School. “Restorative practices give teachers a way to get out of the way of students. Circles help make the classroom a comfortable place to get conversation going.”

Jun 19, 2014 , ,

Restorative justice helps teach students

from the article in The Eastern Echo:

For most of this decade, and the previous decade, punishment in schools has not only been considered separate from criminal justice policy, but has also been all about retribution: suspension, expulsion, demerits, etc.

Both approaches involve a narrow definition of justice. Restorative justice is far more promising, and attempts to reconcile the abused and the abuser rather than simply punish the latter. Certainly, the notion of restorative justice becomes complicated and difficult to defend when the abused had a loved one murdered, and the abuser was the assailant. But in cases where the two or more parties are in schoolyard squabbles and scuffles, restorative justice offers more opportunities to students and educators.

Jun 18, 2014 ,

Offender: “Sycamore Tree is not just a course, but a life changer”

from the article by PF England and Wales:

I completed this course some months ago, but I am still experiencing the benefits even today. I am a huge advocate of Sycamore Tree as it has opened my eyes to the impact of my crime on numerous people, especially those who I did not know about, those who were victims through the ripple effect.

Jun 17, 2014 , , , , ,

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