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Restorative justice and theft victims and perpetrators.

DSW adopts new approach to loss prevention
from the article by Christine Kern in Integrated Solutions for Retailers: DSW, Inc. has announced that it has signed an agreement with the Corrective Education Company (CEC), to incorporate the CEC Restorative Justice Education solution into its Loss Prevention program. DSW Inc., headquartered in Columbus, Ohio, operates 431 stores in 42 states, the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico. DSW also supplies footwear to 370 leased locations in the United States under the Affiliated Business Group.
Corrective Education Company announces CEC Return, a restorative justice education program that addresses employee theft
from CEC's press release: Corrective Education Company (CEC), the leading provider of Restorative Justice Education Programs, today announced the introduction of CEC Return™, a restorative justice education program and technology that helps Retailers address the growing problem of employee or internal theft....
Apologetic offenders grilled by victims to tackle crime
from the article by Lucy Richardson in Middlesbrough News: A reformed criminal who met his victims to say “sorry” joined parents who confronted a killer of their teenage son at a Teesside conference to share their positive experiences of Restorative Justice. After 18 years spent in and out of prison, embroiled in a world of drugs and crime, Ian Birdsall from Stockton said he has turned his life around after coming face-to-face with the people whose lives he blighted.
Editor’s comment: Restorative justice
from the opinion piece by David Shrimpton in Talking Retail: The hub for grocery retail: The issue of ‘restorative justice’ debated at this month’s ACS Crime Seminar was an extremely interesting one. On the one hand, experts were extolling the benefits of the approach, claiming it can reduce reoffending rates by more than 25%. On the other, retailers were sceptical – as their experience of restorative justice seems to have been of police officers issuing summary remedies in an effort to wrap up the case as quickly as possible.
Judge hits out at 'this kind of crap' as teen convicted of delivery man robbery
from the article in the Irish Examiner: A judge has told a Tallaght teenager who stole a Chinese takeaway that “this kind of crap” puts delivery men off doing their jobs. “On the face of it to some this may seem a minor crime, property to the value of €18,” Judge Mary Ellen Ring told 19-year-old Daniel Wall, “but this delivery man, Mr Yang Yu, provides an excellent service, bringing food to people’s doors.” “The kind of crap you engaged in puts people like Mr Yu off doing their work, they stop delivering and lose their business,” Judge Ring said as Wall nodded in agreement.
matching this case to policy and practice conceptualized in book about a model community
Using the above case as just one example of many in the actual practice of restorative justice, I would like to ask others in this [...]
Case study: Theft
from the write-up on bettinajung: Theft of a teacher’s handbag at a local secondary school by a year 9 boy. Loss of £200.00 worth of belongings. Loss of trust amongst school staff. Anger of affected parties including father of wrong doer. Conference brought together: victim, victim’s husband, wrong doer, wrong doer’s father, Head of House/ Head of School, pastoral manager.
Victims confront thief in jail
from the article in The Northern Echo: The meeting was arranged by police as part of a restorative justice project and Mrs Turnbull, 57, of Deneside, had second thoughts about going along. She said: “I had decided I was not going to go. I felt as if I could not face meeting him. “It was only because the police turned up on my doorstep to pick me up that I went along because I did not want to waste their time.” Mrs Turnbull spent 90 minutes with the offender in Durham Prison, where he is serving a five-year sentence.
Restorative justice in victim services -- theft
In this 6:25 minute YouTube video, Greg Vaughn describes his experience with a restorative circle after three juveniles stole a golf cart from his workplace.
Court of Appeals, State of Minnesota. State of Minnesota, Appellant, vs. Signe Elissee Pearson, Respondent, C9-99-2021, Court of Appeals
In this case, the State of Minnesota, as the appellant, argued that the district court erred by staying adjudication of felony theft charges against Signe Elissee Pearson. The opinion of the justices of the appeals court found primarily three points. One, a district court may stay adjudication of a felony theft charge only to avoid an injustice resulting from the prosecutor’s clear abuse of discretion in the exercise of the charging function. Two, a restorative justice program does not have authority under Minnesota law to assign a sanction for a criminal offense that would be an improper sentence if imposed by the district court. Three, when sentencing a defendant who has participated in a restorative justice program under Minnesota law, the district court is not required to impose a sanction assigned in that program.
Minnesota Supreme Court. State of Minnesota v. Signe Elissee Pearson, C9-99-2021 [2002]
This document presents the ruling of the Supreme Court of Minnesota in the appeal of a case by Signe Elissee Pearson against the State of Minnesota. A sentencing circle, in providing a sanction against an offender following a plea agreement, had recommended to a district court a stay of adjudication of a felony theft count against Signe Elissee Pearson. The district court followed this recommendation and stayed adjudication. The State of Minnesota appealed, and the court of appeals reversed the district court. In this ruling, the state Supreme Court reverses the ruling of the court of appeals, thus upholding the district court and the recommendation of the sentencing circle.
Bamfield, Joshua. Paying for Crime
Joshua Bamfield, a director of retail research in Nottingham, England, takes a look in this article at restitution for store thieves. Theft from stores is a significant social and economic problem. The numbers and variety of people involved in stealing from stores make it difficult for the police and the criminal justice system to deal with the offenders. One response by retailers is to use the civil law – based on the law of tort – to provide an additional sanction. 'Retail civil recovery' is the attempt to recover the cost of crime directly from the offender through some form of restitution. Bamfield discusses the nature and process of this civil recovery program as an example of relational justice.
Skakun, Kim and Pfeifer, Jeffrey. Regina Auto Theft Strategy: Process Evaluation.
In 2001-2002 various governmental agencies began a collaboration to reduce the incidence of young offender auto theft in Regina, Saskatchewan. The objectives are to reduce such theft through the following strategies: strict supervision and control of youth who are at risk of re-offending; a combination of enforcement and rehabilitation; and early intervention and education in crime and its consequences. The Saskatchewan Department of Corrections and Public Safety commissioned the Canadian Institute of Peace, Justice and Security to conduct a process evaluation of the Regina Auto Theft Strategy. In this document, the evaluators report their results of their evaluation in the following areas: an analysis of program foundations to establish original intent, goals, and philosophy; an analysis of the current goals, philosophies, and practices; a comparison of the original program to the current program; and the development and clear articulation of key measures.
New Zealand Court of Appeal. The Queen v. Andrew Bruce Nodwell
The judgment of the New Zealand Court of Appeal in this case dealt with an appeal of a conviction and sentencing for theft and aggravated robbery. The appellant argued that the sentences were excessive in light of particular circumstances. Some of those circumstances included actions on the part of the offender – for example, his writing a letter of apology to the victims to express his remorse, contrition, and shame; and his participation in a community group conference (without the presence of the victims) in which he offered to make amends for the harm caused by his actions. While the Court of Appeal explicitly did not express general opposition to the concept of restorative justice, the Court upheld the original sentencing and rejected the appeal.
Booth, Cherie. Themes of Restorative Justice Found in the Story of Zacchaeus
He may be a Sunday school favourite, but Zacchaeus was also a master in white collar theft. Tax collectors were outcasts in society - not just because they were collecting money for the Roman Empire, but because they appear to have been lining their own pockets at the same time. And as a chief tax collector we can assume that Zacchaeus was masterminding the whole racket. In calling him down from the tree, Jesus is engineering a meeting between Zacchaeus and the people he has wronged. Initially, the crowd is outraged with Jesus for befriending a man whose behaviour has spread fear and mistrust even amongst those he hasn't stolen from directly. And who can blame them? (abstract)
Department of Corrective Services. Articles: Report of a Victim Offender Conference; and Restorative Justice – A Positive Response to Crime
The New South Wales Department of Corrective Services has established a Restorative Justice Unit to facilitate victim offender conferencing. These two brief articles cover the results of a victim offender conference and a summary of restorative justice. The conference dealt with an incident of breaking and entering and theft from a home in a small country town by a juvenile. The summary of restorative justice covers its differences from the traditional system of justice, some research findings about outcomes of restorative justice processes, its benefits for victims and offenders, and an outline of the Restorative Justice Unit’s response to a reported offence.
Horn, Riana and Coetzee, Ben. The Theft of Precious Metals from South African Mines and Refineries
This study is a further endeavour to expand on the knowledge and understanding of the criminal threat that faces the precious metals mining industry in South Africa. Several findings and recommendations were made during a previous study conducted by Peter Gastrow and his team in 2001. These recommendations were acted upon by the precious metals mining industry, and the systems subsequently developed were used to compile the latest report. In return, new suggestions and recommendations are made herein to further enhance the capability of the precious metals mining industry to manage the crimes perpetrated against it. (excerpt)
Talbot, Mary E. . Public Responsiveness to Victim's Recommendations in their Sentencing Decisions: Role of Victim's Race, Victim Impact Statement and Judge's Instruction.
This research proposal is aimed at understanding the gap in justice between Caucasian victims and African American victims. The literature on Victim Impact Statements (VIS) provided in the penalty/sentencing phases in trials may provide some solutions to level the playing field. VIS serves as a voice for the victims or crime, and helps the jurors to see the victim as human being rather than a faceless victim. Studies have shown that the greater harm caused is related to greater blameworthiness of defendant (Feigenson, Park, & Salovey, 1997). Moreover, this research assesses whether the public supports restorative sentencing options for convicted offenders of burglary and aggravated battery, and whether this support generalizes to offenders who victimize African-American as well as Caucasian individuals. (Excerpt).

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