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Showing 4 posts published between Jan 01, 2015 and Jan 31, 2015 [Show all]

Face-to-face way to empower victims

from the op-ed by Mark Burns-Williamson in The Yorkshire Post:

Burglaries, anti-social behaviour and low level crime including noise nuisance, affect lives and destroy confidence. They mean people live in fear in their own homes, cause untold damage to victims and can also ruin the lives of those committing these offences.

Victims can feel devastated and left wondering why they were targeted, while the offenders seldom stop to think about the implications of their actions and can and often do go on to reoffend.

This is where restorative justice can come in to present an alternative approach....

Jan 30, 2015 , , , ,

The image of God in each of us could change how Christians view prison reform

from the entry by Elise Amyx on Institute for Faith, Work & Economics:

On Monday, January 26th, faith leaders gathered in Washington D.C. to discuss restorative justice as a Christian approach to the criminal justice system.

The United States is home to more incarcerated citizens than any other nation in the entire world. With 25 percent of the world’s prison population behind bars in the U.S., prison reform is an issue of rising bipartisan support in Washington. It’s also a huge concern among Christian social justice advocates, especially since there is a strong link between incarceration rates and poverty rates and reform may greatly improve overall human well-being.

Jan 29, 2015 , ,

Hergo: 3 testimonies. Conferencing in Belgium

from the announcement on European Forum for Restorative Justice:

In Belgium, Judges of the Juvenile Court can propose a Hergo as a response to serious crimes. During such a conference, the underage offender (and his parents) and the victim, both with their personal supporters, look for redress towards victim and society. The minor also plans what he intends to do to prevent recidivism. A police inspector is present at the meeting. A neutral facilitator has preparatory talks with all parties concerned. He chairs the conference. Afterwards, the Judge ratifies the plan for redress during a session of the Juvenile Court.

Every year, about 100 minors and the same amount of victims receive a proposal for a Hergo from one of the Juvenile Judges in Flanders. One in three cases leads to a real conference.

Jan 05, 2015 , ,

‘Peace hubs’ aim to save kids from crime stigma

from the article by Rod Watson in Buffalo News:

VOICE-Buffalo’s effort to create “peace hubs” in churches, mosques, synagogues and other neighborhood anchors could resolve low-level conflicts before they ever reach police. It’s part of a “restorative justice” effort to turn around wayward youth before they get ensnared in a criminal-justice system staffed by many who don’t understand the neighborhoods they patrol or the young people they prosecute.

It’s not an effort to coddle criminals; it’s an effort to save kids.

Jan 02, 2015 , ,

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