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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.

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The Better Government Competition seeks ideas to reform America’s troubled criminal justice system

By Matt Blackbourn of Pioneer Institute of Public Policy

We are living in an era defined by unprecedented human and fiscal costs wrought on by our nation’s criminal justice system. 

At the end of 2013, approximately 1 in 35 U.S. adults were under correctional supervision in some form, and 1 in 110 adults were incarcerated in prison or local jail, according to the Bureau of Justice Statistics. Overcriminalization and excessively harsh sentencing have devastated communities across the U.S., with a disproportionate impact on minorities and urban residents. For most states, the costs of corrections have exploded to unmanageable levels, leaving officials with overcrowded and understaffed prisons and a sluggish, largely ineffectual court system. 

Jan 15, 2015   

Hergo: 3 testimonies. Conferencing in Belgium

from the announcement on European Forum for Restorative Justice:

In Belgium, Judges of the Juvenile Court can propose a Hergo as a response to serious crimes. During such a conference, the underage offender (and his parents) and the victim, both with their personal supporters, look for redress towards victim and society. The minor also plans what he intends to do to prevent recidivism. A police inspector is present at the meeting. A neutral facilitator has preparatory talks with all parties concerned. He chairs the conference. Afterwards, the Judge ratifies the plan for redress during a session of the Juvenile Court.

Every year, about 100 minors and the same amount of victims receive a proposal for a Hergo from one of the Juvenile Judges in Flanders. One in three cases leads to a real conference.

Jan 05, 2015    , ,

‘Peace hubs’ aim to save kids from crime stigma

from the article by Rod Watson in Buffalo News:

VOICE-Buffalo’s effort to create “peace hubs” in churches, mosques, synagogues and other neighborhood anchors could resolve low-level conflicts before they ever reach police. It’s part of a “restorative justice” effort to turn around wayward youth before they get ensnared in a criminal-justice system staffed by many who don’t understand the neighborhoods they patrol or the young people they prosecute.

It’s not an effort to coddle criminals; it’s an effort to save kids.

Jan 02, 2015    , ,

DSW adopts new approach to loss prevention

from the article by Christine Kern in Integrated Solutions for Retailers:

DSW, Inc. has announced that it has signed an agreement with the Corrective Education Company (CEC), to incorporate the CEC Restorative Justice Education solution into its Loss Prevention program.

DSW Inc., headquartered in Columbus, Ohio, operates 431 stores in 42 states, the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico. DSW also supplies footwear to 370 leased locations in the United States under the Affiliated Business Group.

Dec 31, 2014    , , ,

Restorative justice may provide additional justice mechanism for victims of sexual crime, study shows

from the article on Physorg:

According to the findings of a recently published study, restorative justice could provide an additional justice mechanism for victims of sexual crime which can support the needs of victims, offenders, and their families, in the aftermath of sexual crime in Ireland.

The study entitled "Sexual Trauma and Abuse, Restorative and Transformative Possibilities?" based on 149 interviews with victims, offenders, judges and others, and a review of the global literature found that "all cohorts of participants are in favour of restorative justice in sexual violence cases as an additional justice mechanism for victims of sexual crime, as all participants recognise the considerable gaps that exist in current justice provision for victims of sexual crime in this state"....

Dec 30, 2014    , , ,

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