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Rethinking drug courts: Restorative justice as a response to racial injustice
From an article by Michael M O'Hear: Drug courts can produce both winners and losers when compared to conventional court processing, and there are good reasons to suspect that black defendants are considerably less likely to benefit from the implementation of a drug court than white defendants. As a result, drug courts may actually exacerbate, rather than ameliorate, racial disparities in the incarceration rate for drug crimes.
Witness Justice: help and healing for victims of violence
From their website: One of the more promising trends in crime victim services has been the advent of "restorative justice," an adjunct to traditional justice systems that can offer a more inclusive and personal approach to addressing trauma and violent victimization.
Sexual Violence Research Initiative's restorative justice page
From the Initiative's website: Across the world, only a tiny proportion of survivors/victims of sexual violence ever see their rapist punished. There is increasing awareness that the requirements of legal proceedings are often in conflict with the needs of sexual violence survivors/victims. Experiences of the adversarial court processes post-sexual violence are often traumatic, requiring the survivor/victim to confront their assailant, to defend their case and re-live the experience.
Dan Van Ness: Indigenous dispute resolution and restorative justice
It is common to link restorative justice and customary principles and traditional practices of justice. The argument is that the underlying beliefs of customary justice are that justice should repair harm and that the parties themselves should participate in deciding how that is done. These are principles shared by restorative justice. However, there is a dark side to this relationship.
New DVD "The Healing Circle" addresses clergy sexual abuse
From the Marquette University Law School Restorative Justice Initiative (MULS RJI). MULS RJI has released a restorative justice clergy abuse documentary called "The Healing Circle." Former Wisconsin Supreme Court Justice and Distinguished Professor of Law Janine P. Geske narrates the film, which brings the viewer into a circle focusing on the ripple effect of harm because of the abuse scandal.
Kim Workman: My first experience with restorative justice
I have often wondered what restorative justice practitioners would have thought of the process. While much of what happened was culturally appropriate, it may well have been unacceptable in a western setting. The victim, as far as I could determine, did not seem to be traumatised by sharing her story and innermost feelings with the community - nor was she subsequently stigmatised by the villagers as a victim of incest. The penalty was quite severe, and yet at the end of the process, there was provision for reconciliation and full community restoration.