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July 2005 Edition

Restorative Justice in Thailand: Lessons Learned

The Thai government began experimenting with restorative practices in 2003 with the implementation of family group conferences for juvenile offenders. In 2004, the probation services began a pilot project using restorative justice in 11 probation offices. Angkana Boonsit from the Thai probation Department shares her experiences and lessons learned in implementing restorative justice in Thai cultural setting. This speech was originally given at the at the ‘Restorative Justice in Emerging Countries’ ancillary session at the 11th United Nations Congress on Crime Prevention and Criminal Justice.

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Developing Restorative Practices in Latin America

With high prison populations, high crime rates, and low confidence in the judicial system, many Latin American countries are looking to restorative justice as a path of justice reform. The growing use of restorative processes is seen both at the policy and grassroots level. Lynette Parker, justice initiatives specialist for the Centre for Justice and Reconciliation at Prison Fellowship International provides this overview of the Latin American context and examples of developments in the region. The paper was originally presented at the ‘Restorative Justice in Emerging Countries’ ancillary session at the 11th United Nations Congress on Crime Prevention and Criminal Justice.

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Restorative Justice in Prisons

Increasingly, Corrections departments throughout the world are implementing restorative programmes in the prison context. This work raises several issues related to the appropriateness of restorative justice in prison and objectives to be met by such programmes. Daniel W. Van Ness, executive director of the Centre for Justice and Reconciliation at Prison Fellowship International presents this overview of the use of restorative justice in prison. This paper was originally presented at Symposium on Restorative Justice and Peace in Colombia, Cali,Colombia, 9-12 February 2005.

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Book Review: Political forgiveness: Lessons from South Africa

Gregory Strong reviews this book exploring the meaning of forgiveness and reconciliation in national conflicts.

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Website of the Month: Fraser Region Community Justice Initiatives Association

The Fraser Region Community Justice Initiatives Association (CJI) is a non-profit organization with over 20 years of experience with conflict resolution in various settings including criminal justice. According to the website, the CJI’s missions is “To foster peacemaking and the resolution of conflict in the community through the development and application of Restorative Justice values, principles and processes." This website provides information about the organizations programmes, training services, and upcoming events.

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