Restorative justice emphasizes repairing the harm caused by crime. When victims, offenders and community members meet to decide how to do that, the results can be transformational.
To see how this approach is changing all aspects of criminal justice, visit the rooms above, the map to the right and the blog below.
Circles of Support and Accountability, sex offender program, has federal funding cut
from the article on Huffington Post Canada:
A government-funded program that reports have shown drastically reduces sex offenders' rates of reoffending will have a huge portion of its funding cut at the end of this month.
The effect of restorative juvenile justice on future educational outcomes
from the paper by Iryna Rud, Chris Van Klaveren, Wim Groot & Henriëtte Maassen van den Brink:
...The Dutch restorative justice program Halt is targeted at juvenile first-time offenders aged between 12 and 18, who committed a non-violent crime. Halt is incorporated in the Dutch criminal justice system. The program aims to change behavior and attitudes of juvenile first- offenders by addressing their behavioral and development problems. The program explicitly emphasizes that it cooperates with schools to create a more safe living- and learning environment in which students can achieve better educational outcomes.
Restorative group conferencing and sexting: Repairing harm in Wright County
from the article by Nancy Riestenberg:
Three years ago, in a middle school in Wright County, Minnesota, students discovered sexually explicit pictures of a student on the cell phone of her boyfriend. The students ran to the bathroom with the cell phone and sent the pictures on to eight other students. By the time the adults in the school discovered them, many student cell phones had received the pictures. The administration asked the school resource officer from the Sheriff’s Office to investigate. Potentially many students could be charged with sending or receiving sexually explicit pictures of a minor, a felony offense. What was the County Attorney going to do?
Victim-offender service closed
from the announcement from the Restorative Justice Centre:
The Restorative Just Centre (RJC) is appalled and deeply distressed to announce that it has been forced to close its victim offender conference service in Tshwane, as a result of government’s withdrawal of funding. The RJC is the only organisation providing this type of service in Tshwane.
Greg Wilhoit: an innocent man dies (RIP) Feb. 14, 2014
from the article by Lisa Rea:
This blog article is in memory of exoneree Greg Wilhoit who passed on Feb. 14, 2014 in Sacramento, California. I first wrote about Greg’s life in 2010 posted here through rjonline.org.
Mar 05, 2014 Correspondent:Lisa Rea
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