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January 2003 Edition

Advances in the International Restorative Justice Movement. Over the last year, we have seen significant advances in the adoption of restorative justice internationally. This edition of Restorative Justice Online reviews some of those achievements. The stories below are in the order they appeared on this website since January 2002.

Restorative Justice Books Published in 2003

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Recent Changes to Restorative Justice Online

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Restorative Justice Initiative Launched by South Africa Department of Correctional Services.

The South Africa Department of Correctional Services held a highly publicized conference to launch its new restorative justice initiatives.

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Minnesota State Supreme Court Upholds Use of Sentencing Circles.

A Minnesota Supreme Court decision upheld the broad authority of sentencing circles to negotiate agreements.

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Full Implementation of Referral Orders in England and Wales.

The referral order scheme in England and Wales has moved from a pilot study to full implementation.

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New Research on Restorative Justice and Recidivism.

Recent research has demonstrated that restorative justice programs do in fact reduce recidivism.

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UN Economic and Social Council Endorses Basic Principles on Restorative Justice.

The UN Economic and Social Council adopted a resolution endorsing Basic Principles on the Use of Restorative Justice Programmes in Criminal Matters.

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New Zealand Expands Official Recognition of Restorative Justice.

With passage of the Sentencing Act 2002 in May, New Zealand appears set to further increase its use of restorative justice practices in responding to crime.

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Restorative Justice Online Searchable Database Now Exceeds 2500 entries.

Restorative Justice Online's database of abstracted books and articles moved past 2500 entries during 2002. Of these bibliographic entries, 2553 include abstracts, and 1075 are linked to full-text online articles.

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Spanish Language Pages Added.

Restorative Justice Online's Introduction Section was translated into Spanish. This was the first step in creating a Spanish language Section.

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Full-text Listing Page.

A listing of documents available from Restorative Justice Online was created in January and up-dated throughout the year. In total, 38 documents were added to the list.

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