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May 2002 Edition

UN Crime Commission Acts on Basic Principles

At its Eleventh Session, the UN Commission on Crime Prevention and Criminal Justice approved a Canadian resolution that encourages countries to draw from Basic Principles on the Use of Restorative Justice Programmes in Criminal Matters in developing and implementing restorative justice.


Restorative Justice Consortium Develops New Principles For Restorative Justice.

The Restorative Justice Consortium published the first “Standards for Restorative Justice” in 1998. Criticism of the original document, and international developments in the field of restorative justice, led to the decision to update them. This task was carried out by a working party comprised of academics and practitioners.


Full Implementation of Referral Orders in England and Wales

As of April 2002, Courts in England and Wales now have a new disposal option for young offenders pleading guilty or convicted of first offenses. Originally set forth in the 1999 Youth Justice and Criminal Evidence Act, the referral order scheme underwent an 18-month evaluation of 11 pilot projects between March 2000 and August 2001.


Peacemaking in Indonesia

In 1999, Duane Ruth-Heffelbower took a leave of absence from his graduate faculty position at Fresno Pacific University’s Center for Peacemaking and Conflict Studies to accept an invitation to join the faculty of Duta Wacana Christian University (UKDW) in Yogyakarta, Indonesia under an appointment from the Mennonite Central Committee.


Website of the Month: Restorative Justice Consortium

The Restorative Justice Consortium (RJC) was founded in 1997 to link up and coordinate an array of UK organizations with an interest in restorative justice.


Book Review: The Mystic Heart of Justice

Breton and Lehman explore the traditional philosophical definitions of justice, and propose an alternative understanding. Leaning heavily on indigenous and spiritualist traditions as well as the philosophy of Socrates and Plato, they suggest a holistic model of justice that informs everyday life and relationships at all levels.


Leading Edge. Meet Stephanie Haider and Rick Prashaw

Stephanie Haider is Coordinator for the Victim Restoration Program in Minnesota’s Dakota County Community Corrections. Rick Prashaw, an educator and facilitator from Ottawa, Canada.


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