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Restorative justice in schools -- Mapleton Early College
A high school student describes how participating in restorative justice changed her attitude and approach to school. Her principal describes the positive impacts of restorative justice on the school environment.
Restorative Justice in Schools -- Montbello High School
In this video, practitioners and a student explain the impact restorative practices had on the culture of Montbello High School in Longmont, CO. The suspensions and expulsions fell by 30%.
Restorative justice in justice systems
In this 7:54 minute YouTube video, Officer Greg Ruprecht from Longmont Colorado describes his introduction to restorative justice when first starting his career. He goes on to describe the impact on all participants and how he thinks it is applicable in all crimes.
Restorative justice in victim services
In this six minute YouTube video, Wendy Cohen describes her decision to meet with the mother and brother of the young man that murdered her daughter in 2003. Cohen describes wanting the other mother to see who her son killed and how important she was to everyone. In describing the meeting, Cohen recounts the scepticism of both sides as the meeting began. She goes on to describe the asking of questions and sharing of tears. In describing restorative justice and its impact in her life, Cohen says the system needs to change to allow the process at all levels of offending.
Restorative Justice Promo
This six minute video from Restorative Justice Colorado provides an overview of restorative justice and describes its benefits in a variety of settings. The video includes the voices of crime victims, victim advocates, police officers, and educators.
Restorative Justice: Rooted in Respect
Reviewed by Lynette Parker Producer: Shawn Kramer Hunter©2010 Mennonite Central Committee In Restorative Justice: Rooted in Respect, restorative justice practitioners and writers discuss the values and applications of the concepts. The 26-minute video starts with the following definition of restorative justice. “Restorative justice provides a framework and approach to ensure all people are treated with dignity and respect as we seek to live in community with one another. “The approaches empower us to be responsible for our actions and provide ways of holding one another accountable as we live and work together.”
Marathon County Restorative Justice Program
In this 11 minute You Tube video from CNN iReport, Carrie Vergin provides an overview of the Marathon County Restorative Justice Program in Weston, Wisconsin, USA. Carrie, the coordinator for the programme, describes the issues of looking for funding during the economic down turn as some grant sources are no longer available. For this reason, the ability to demonstrate programme effectiveness is key to fundraising success.
Restorative Justice and Campus Conduct Administration
In March, Eastern Mennonite University hosted a symposium exploring the use of restorative practices in college campus conduct administration. These short YouTube videos feature two of the participants describing their experiences with using restorative practices to respond to student misconduct. Josh Bacon, the director of Judicial Affairs at James Madison University in Virginia, describes how implementing restorative practices rejuvenated his career.It gives him the opportunity to interact with students and community members.
Jo Berry and Patrick Magee -- Building Bridge for Peace
This 10 minute You Tube video tells the story of Jo Berry whose father was killed by an IRA bomb planted by Patrick Magee. It allows both Berry and Magee to tell their stories about meeting and working for peace.
Asking Questions and Speaking the Truth
In 2006, Kathy Key's husband was killed on his way home from work when his motorcycle was hit by a car. The driver was arrested for driving drunk. Through a restorative justice programme, Kathy met the man responsible for her husbands death. In this two minute interview with BBC, Kathy explains her reasons for participating in the meeting and what she felt the offender got out of the meeting.
Guantanamo Bay guard meets British ex-prisoners
A former Guantanamo Bay guard was reunited with two former prisoners from Britain for a BBC documentary. The meeting was a result of Brandon Neely, now a Texas police officer, contacting the two men on Facebook to apologise for his part in their imprisonment.
Forgiveness: Human or Divine?
from Josh Ruxin's entry on Huffington Post: Earlier this month the film As We Forgive, a documentary about Rwanda, was released on DVD (check out the trailer here). It does not chronicle the 1994 genocide, but what has come after: Rwanda's struggle to rebuild itself.
Video Review: Concrete Steel & Paint
The documentary tells about the thorny evolution of an art project meant to unite inmates and the community, which started as a mere sketch of an idea in the minds of the inmates of Graterford State Prison.
Video Review: The Transformation of West Philadelphia High School: A Story of Hope
Video Review: On the Road Together: Teen Driving
In conjunction with the St. Croix Valley Restorative Justice Program, a man and a family tell about their experiences with automobile crashes to try and help teens understand the impact that driving accidents have on everyone.
Video Review: The Amy Wall Story
When a drunk driver hit the car driven by seventeen year old Amy Wall, her family was plunged into grief. For Joe Avila, the man driving the car that killed Amy, the days following were filled with despair as he awaited the court proceedings. Yet, a meeting between Joe and Amy's family organised by the Victim-Offender Reconciliation Program out of Fresno, California, helped them both find the peace they so desperately needed. This video, recorded at the 2009 Restorative Justice Conference held at Fresno Pacific University, allows Joe Avila and Derrick Wall tell their stories of the crime, meeting with each other, and healing.
Video Review: An Introduction to Restorative Practices at Endeavour High School
This video describes the positive results of restorative practices implemented in a school with behavioral and performance problems in England.
Video Review: The Meaning of Life
Several inmates at an experimental prison in Canada relate the stories of their lives both in and out of prison, focusing particularly on what they think of the restorative justice practices modeled at the prison.
Bridges to Life Restorative Justice Program PBS Video
Bridges to Life is an in-prison restorative justice programme helping prisoners understand the impact of crime on victims. This three minute clip shows victims sharing their stories and the response from prisoner participants.
Innovator's Focus: Resolve to Stop the Violence
San Francisco's Resolve to Stop the Violence Project (RSVP) is a restorative justice crime prevention program that utilizes a peer-based job training model to reintegrate violent offenders into the workforce. RSVP offers intervention where people can learn to change their attitudes, beliefs, and behaviors while addressing the isolation and polarization of those affected by crime including offenders, victims, community members, and law enforcement officials. (excerpted from the YouTube video description).

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Restorative Justice Online - Featured Video

A long-time repeat offender describes the impact of meeting with his victims.