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Call the police?
Randy Cohen, The Ethicist, who writes an insightful and often humorous column for the New York Times Magazine, made a good case for using restorative justice recently. He answered a question asked by a restaurant manager if he should call the police on a server who was caught stealing. Mr. Cohen said no! He pointed out the failings of our justice system in clear and undeniable terms. The sever too had admitted guilt and offered to pay back the money.
Instead of calling the police and applying our failed criminal justice system, the manager could have tied a restorative justice intervention. It could have met the needs of both of the manager and the server more than the criminal justice system.
Restorative justice and the Rwandan genocide
Do you see healing occurring in the victims? And in the offenders as well? How does the community respond?
The healing process is a long and involved one. I think that Umuvumu Tree Project has helped in that process in several ways.
Next year in Virginia?
The Virginia Legislature did not pass the restorative justice bill, SB 679, during this legislative session. As I reported on Indisputably in January, the bill would have given formal structure to restorative justice programs in Virginia and would have specifically allowed a judge to order an offender into a restorative justice program.
The story of why this bill was introduced, and why it failed to pass this year, is an interesting one. The Senator who proposed the legislation, Emmet Hanger, had a personal experience with crime which seems to have left him both frustrated with the traditional criminal justice system and a believer in taking a more restorative approach. Someone broke into Senator Hanger’s car and stole some items. Senator Hanger was not pleased when the traditional justice system did not require the offender to return the items (particularly a leather jacket) or clean up the car.
Clergy sexual abuse: A cry for restorative justice
by Lisa Rea:
At this hour, I would guess that some around the world are weary of the news stories of abuse that have rocked the Catholic Church in recent weeks. But to me, it's a reminder of how far we have to go to heal the injuries suffered by the victims (survivors) of abuse.
Is the death penalty on death row?
The death chamber at Huntsville, which carries out all Texas death penalties, is still the busiest in the nation. Twenty-four prisoners were executed last year.
But across Texas, there has been a steep decline in the number of new death sentences handed down. There were just nine last year. In the late 1990s, as many as 48 people a year were sent to death row.
The statistics have led some campaigners to hope that the death penalty may itself be on death row.
Apr 05, 2010 Country:USA
Call for nominees for the Livia Prize 2010
Have you met or heard of someone who with creativity, wisdom, sensitivity, action and non-violent methods, has been able to handle conflicts in society? Then the Livia Foundation needs your advice.
The Livia Foundation is hosting an award evening in June 2010, where we honour three groups or individuals, who have been able to handle conflicts in new ways. People, who have met major crises with awareness, creativity, wisdom and courage. People, who can inspire and give hope to others.
We hereby call for candidates for the Livia Prize 2010.
Towards a restorative society: A problem-solving response to crime
This pamphlet considers, first, the confused logic on which present policies are based; second, measures that could make a difference within the existing range of policies; third, how a restorative approach could make a difference, with a look at objections and tensions as well as benefits; and, finally, how its principles could be put into practice throughout society, using a restorative theory of social justice.
Apr 02, 2010 Policy
New study finds restorative encounters produce gravitational inversions; weight loss and carbon footprint implications explored
A new study by Lawrence Shernan and Heather String has found that the mere presence of a nearby restorative encounter reduces people’s weight in the surrounding neighbourhood by as much as 6%.
“The effect is greater the closer to the encounter one is,” the Shernan-String report notes.