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.
Chance to talk with offender a big help
from the article from Taranaki Daily News Online:
Joanna Hanson and Bryan Benton know the importance of Restorative Justice first hand.
About seven years ago Joanna Hanson's husband was involved in a car accident and opted for a Restorative Justice conference.
At that same conference Bryan Benton was their support person.
Restorative discipline program in San Antonio middle school reduces student suspensions
from the article on the University of Texas at Austin website:
A San Antonio middle school with some of the highest discipline rates in its district has experienced an 84 percent drop in off-campus suspensions during the past year since administrators began using “restorative discipline” as an alternative to “zero tolerance” to deal with conflicts among students.
Melbourne's legal fraternity considers restorative justice for sex assault victims
from the article on The Age Victoria:
Some sexual assault victims should have the chance to confront their perpetrators to tell them how they were affected by the crime, under a radical plan being pushed by leading judges and lawyers.
Professional Development: Training of Trainers: 2-Day Facilitating Restorative Conferences
from the announcement from the International Institute for Restorative Practice:
The IIRP conducts a three-day "Training of Trainers" (TOT) to teach experienced practitioners how to facilitate the "Two-Day Facilitating Restorative Conferences" professional development days. Once trained, participants will be licensed trainers and able to provide this 2-day offering within their agency or limited geographical area.
A step forward: Women to be part of first reconciliatory jirga
from the article on the Express Tribune:
For the first time in its history, the Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa (K-P) government will include women as members of the alternate dispute resolution (ADR) forum.
Also known as a musalehati jirga, the forum shall consist of a minimum of nine and a maximum of 13 conciliators, out of which two will be women. According to an initial copy of the proposed K-P Musalehati Jirga Bill 2013 available with The Express Tribune, the women could be appointed by the government.
This historic decision will help empower women in the province. Meher Taj Roghani, Adviser to the Chief Minister on Social Welfare, said a woman can make an informed decision in a male dominated society once she is educated.
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