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April 2003 Edition

Taking Victims and Their Advocates Seriously: A Listening Project.

The Listening Project sought to include the voices of victim advocates in the development of restorative justice practice. The article below is an excerpt from the report of the project with a link to the full-text. The report was written by y: Harry Mica, Mary Achilles, Ellen Halbert, Lorraine Stutzman Amstutz, and Howard Zehr. It is reprinted here by permission.


The Palau Restorative Justice Program

Note: Michael J. Rosenthal is the Minister of Justice for the Republic of Palau, an archipelago of more than 300 islands in the Pacific. The following is an excerpt from a paper he presented to the International Association of Youth and Family Judges and Magistrates XVI World Congress 2002 with a link to the full-text of the speech.


Introducing Restorative Justice to the Police Complaints System: Close Encounters of the Rare Kind.

Researchers at the Centre for Criminological Research at the University of Oxford have recently completed some research into applying Restorative Justice to the Police Complaints system in a UK police force. The report was written by By Roderick Hill, Karen Cooper, Carolyn Hoyle and Richard Young. Below is a brief description of the report.


Book Review: Restorative Justice and Criminal Justice: Competing or Reconcilable Paradigms?

Restorative justice is not a cut-and-dried system, as Dan Van Ness points out. It is a range of responses to harmful behaviour: the more of them a country adopts, the more restorative it is. Similarly this book contains a spectrum of viewpoints, from advocates of Restorative Justice, (John Braithwaite, Lode Walgrave, Mara Schiff), to academic researchers who find that their data support it (Allison Morris and Gabrielle Maxwell), to candid friends who point out the difficulties it needs to face (Kathleen Daly), to those who have not ‘changed their lenses’ and try to square it with conventional criminal justice values (Andrew von Hirsch and co-authors, Antony Duff).


Website of the Month: Center for Peacemaking and Conflict Studies

The Center for Peacemaking and Conflict Studies (PACS) was established at Fresno Pacific University to "(1) promote greater understanding of the dynamics of conflict; (2) to train persons in the theology, science and art of constructive conflict management; (3) to promote and assist in the development of cooperative dispute resolution and justice programs within the institutions of the church and society. The PACS website offers many useful resources for those interested in restorative justice and peacemaking.


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