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JUSTPEACE Center for Mediation and Conflict Transformation. Establishing a Conflict Transformation Team: A Guide for Developing a Team in Your Conference.
A Conflict Transformation Team brings needed expertise and frees up valuable time. A team can work in situations where a bishop and cabinet are not seen as impartial, and in situations where a bishop and cabinet members are parties to the conflict. A Conflict Transformation team can be a great resource in training and helping to make conflicts constructive. Ultimately, a team saves valuable human and financial resources. Most importantly, a team can assist with engaging conflict in ways that are informed by our Biblical faith and the call to all Christians to be ministers of reconciliation. (excerpt)
South Carolina Woman’s Missionary Union. South Carolina Supplement to the WMU, SBC Restorative Justice Ministry Resource Guide
This document, prepared by the South Carolina Woman’s Missionary Union (SC WMU), consists of a supplement to the Restorative Justice Ministry Resource Guide produced by the Woman’s Missionary Union (WMU) and the Southern Baptist Convention (SBC). The ministry resource guide provides resources to assist a church in understanding restorative justice and in participating in restorative justice issues and programs. The guide thus serves the WMU Project HELP, a two-year restorative justice initiative to encourage churches and church members to apply biblical principles of restoration on behalf of victims, offenders, communities, and law enforcement and criminal justice professionals. This statewide supplement was developed by the South Carolina WMU to make the guide and its resources more specific to local churches in South Carolina.
Seymour, Anne. A Community Response Manual: The Victim’s Role in Offender Reentry
This manual presents strategies for involving community members and crime victims in partnerships that facilitate the successful re-entry of ex-inmates into the community, as well as promising practices for re-entry partnerships. In the discussion of strategies for involving community members and victims in re-entry partnerships, the manual first defines "community" as "relationships that people build, beginning with one-on-one and emerging into groups of varying sizes that share a common bond and mutual interests." It then advises that in re-entry partnerships, collaboration is required between the following four key communities: victims or those who provide support and services to victims, offenders or advocates for offenders, individuals and agencies that implement venues for justice and community safety, and persons who are affected by an offender's re-entry into their neighborhood. Attention is then given to the role of the community in determining and meeting victims' needs, particularly in the context of offender re-entry. Such a community role includes support, advocacy, liaison services, and the creation of public awareness of victims' needs and rights. Sections of the manual then focus on ensuring victims' rights in the re-entry process in the following key areas: victim notification, victim protection, the defining of victim impact, and victim restitution. Another major section of the manual profiles existing promising practices for re-entry partnerships, including a burglary prevention project; victim advisory councils; considering victims' needs when assessing offenders' risk; programs that pertain to the impact of crime on victims; accountability boards; victim-sensitive parole revocation processes; and restorative community service. Abstract courtesy of National Criminal Justice Reference Service, www.ncjrs.org.
Roche, Declan. Restorative Justice and the Regulatory State in South African Townships
Declan Roche observes that restorative justice is associated most clearly in South Africa with the work of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission. It is not as well known that restorative justice is also contributing to the day-to-day governance of South African townships. Hence, in this article Roche examines the work of local peace committees in townships. Placing them within the context of the restorative justice movement, he maintains that they display the core elements of restorative justice, as distinct from other forms of private and informal justice. He further contends that local peace committees are pursuing a more ambitious and radical agenda than most restorative justice programs.
Ledwidge, Mike and Webster, Ken. Restorative and Community Justice: What Is It, What It Involves and Where Is It Going
Mike Ledwidge (Surrey Police Service) and Ken Webster are both national trainers in restorative conferencing. Their training expertise extends from restorative conferencing to include intimate knowledge of victim-offender mediation, family group conferencing, and community conferencing. Against this background Ledwidge and Webster examine the nature and processes, as well as the future, of restorative and community justice. They present depictions of a continuum of offending behavior and appropriate restorative interventions, of psychological routes for offenders and victims in restorative processes, and key elements and processes of various restorative intervention models.
Weil, Marie and Carlton-LaNey, Iris and Macgowan, Mark J and Waites, Cheryl and Pennell, Joan. Increasing the Cultural Responsiveness of Family Group Conferencing
Child welfare struggles to manage child abuse and neglect and to seek permanency for children, while being culturally responsive to the communities it serves. Family group conferencing, piloted in New Zealand and now used in the United States and other countries, is a strengths-based model that brings together families and their support systems to develop and carry out a plan that protects, nurtures, and safeguards children and other family members. This article describes the model and a culturally competent method for assessing and adapting the model for the African American, Cherokee, and Latino/Hispanic communities in North Carolina. Author's abstract.

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