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Articles about teaching conflict resolution skills to prisoners and on the use of restorative justice process to resolve conflict inside prisons.

Restorative justice can drastically reduce need to restrain young offenders
from the article in the Guardian: The use of restraint in secure children's homes and young offender institutions is on the rise, but a children's home in Exeter is bucking the trend through a new method of resolving disputes. Atkinson Secure Children's Home has seen a 91% decrease in the use of restraint by using restorative justice – a technique which facilitates communication between victims and perpetrators involved in conflict.
Huge drop in restraint attributed to restorative justice
from the article by Neil Puffett in Children & Young People Now: A secure children’s home in Devon has been recognised for its successful use of restorative justice after restraint incidents fell by nearly 90 per cent.
South Carolina inmates making peace
from the article by Brian E. Muhammad in The Final Call: Muslim inmates at the Lieber Correctional Institution scored a victory in the area of faith relations and brotherhood by averting a potentially explosive situation stemming from a disagreement between Sunni Muslims and members of the Nation of Islam over perceived sectarian differences. Prison authorities requested mediation after contention and hostilities grew between the groups.
Juvenile offenders must meet with victims under new detention discipline program
from the article by Matt Long on South Carolina Radion Network: The South Carolina agency that handles minor offenders under age 18 is changing how it punishes teens for any wrongdoing they commit once they are in jail. The state Department of Juvenile Justice (DJJ) has begun a process where the youth will meet with their victims and negotiate their punishment. The agency’s Director of Restorative Justice Andy Broughton says the agency is trying to move away from simply locking up offenders in isolation.
Victim assistance
Lisa, The best link for APAC is Of course, if you read portuguese you can visit Don't underestimate the amount of victim involvement [...]
Brasilian prison project & restorative justice
Thank you, Lynette. Is there a direct link to APAC that you can provide? I am glad the project has some kind of victim assistance [...]
APAC link
Hi, Lorenn, I'm sorry that link didn't work. Try this one Lynette
APAC and Victims
Lisa, Thanks for your comments. APAC does not use Sycamore Tree Project. However, it has an office of victim assistance. So, on one hand they [...]
APAC prison & victims
Hello, Lynette. Thank you for your post about APAC in Brasil. I was drawn to the work being done in Brasil since I first I [...]
Thanks for this further information Lynn--it was amazing experiencing the APAC prisons...they are more like clean and sober group homes and communities than prisons. The [...]
APAC's sucess
Lorenn, Thanks for the comment. You are right about APAC's successes in helping the recuperandos change their lives and reintegrate into society. It's amazing just [...]
Principles and stories
Billy, thanks for your comments. I think you are right and there is a need to explain how approaching crime and wrong doing from a [...]
Young in prison
Gary, thanks for your kind words about the article and the work of PFI. I agree with your statements on the need to remember that [...]
Thank you for this Lynn. It is a sad commentary to assume there is no hope for people, especially youth. And thank you for writing [...]
restorative Justice
A clear reasoned statement. It may be time to spell out the principles and to tell the stories of the various forms of restorative approaches [...]
Prisons - rehabilitation - justice
Lynn is both articulate and accurate and I have nothing to add to her comments - I have the honor of knowing the PFI programs [...]
Prisons, rehabilitation and justice
by Lynette Parker Recently, I read an article about the struggles faced by the state of Florida after the US Supreme Court banned sentences of life without parole for juveniles who do not kill anyone. In the discussion over the need to revisit cases and re-sentence the offenders, one retired judge was quoted: “There are no resources in prisons for rehabilitation,'' the former judge said. ``You give him 30 years, and he'll get out when he's 45, what's he going to do? Re-offend. Some people, regardless of their age, need to be put away forever.”
Prison Ombudsman seeks apologies from staff for unfair treatment of prisoners
by Stephen Shaw, England and Wales Prisons and Probation Ombudsman, writing in Inside Time: As Ombudsman, I have tried to pioneer a restorative approach to complaints investigations. If a prisoner has been treated unfairly, a properly worded apology from the staff concerned is the best way of putting things right.
Workman, Kim. The Future of Restorative Justice – Control, Co-option, and Co-operation
This paper explores the history of restorative justice in New Zealand and lays out a course for the future.
Restorative Justice Consortium.. Restorative justice and prison staff
In that restorative justice aims to repair the harm caused by a criminal act, it addresses both the offender and the victim. One of the chief ways it can do this is through a victim offender meeting or conference. Restorative justice is also being expanded to handle conflict and harm in contexts other than crime. For example, this kind of conference or mediation is increasingly being used to deal with workplace complaints and disputes. In this article the argument is made that restorative processes or mediation could be used in the Prison Service in England. Hence, the article covers the stakeholders and restorative processes that could be applied to complaints and conflict in this setting.

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