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.
Joy in the dirty work of restorative justice
....The tension between the study of a topic and the subsequent conversion of ideas into actual work exists in all endeavors, something I have been thinking about as I prepare a training weekend for people interested in learning about restorative justice.
There is a purity in theory, a beauty reminiscent of the idealism of Plato and Pythagoras, that is fun to engage. Working in this realm is a kind of game, fun, yet ultimately empty without the willingness to get out in the world and get dirty. In a training environment we seek to balance this tension in a way that honors both aspects of reality. We want to transmit the underlying principles while also showing how things “really” work.
Rape victim 're-victimised' by system
It took Helena Watson more than three decades to speak out about her father's sexual abuse.
Now the Christchurch woman says she has been revictimised by restorative justice.
An inventory and examination of restorative justice practices for youth in Illinois
....Key findings include:
The promises and pitfalls of restorative justice for intimate partner violence
This research article highlights the views of victims, perpetrators and key informants regarding RJ practice in IPV [Intimate Partner Violence] cases. Most of their opinions differ considerably from the opponents of using RJ for IPV.
By focusing on issues of safety, frequently a cited contraindication against RJ, this research makes it clear that movement is necessary by both RJ practitioners to develop improved processes and for relevant stakeholders to take a more open-minded approach to using RJ for IPV in appropriate cases.
Restorative justice: What's old is new again
....One alternative gaining traction is Restorative Justice (RJ). RJ is a theory of justice that emphasizes repairing the harm caused by criminal behavior. It is best accomplished when the parties meet face-to-face to establish a plan of accountability and reconciliation. A meaningful RJ effort can transform people, relationships and communities.
RJ views criminal acts more comprehensively-rather than defining crime simply as law breaking; it recognizes that offenders harm victims, communities and even themselves.
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