In addition, Martin sent us a link to a recent Thought for the Day on BBC that addressed this report. Prepared by someone identified only as Vishvapani, it reflects both personal experience and Buddhist teaching.
More on restorative youth justice in Northern Ireland
We received a note from Martin Wright with these additional thoughts on the report from Northern Ireland that was released last week:
Northern Ireland seems to be going well, with only three reservations:
1. juveniles only
2. run by the state -- not much community ownership
3. and putting pressure on the community-based programmes (which Harry Mika and Kieran McEvoy have written about) by competing for funding and referrals -- rather like WalMart putting small shopkeepers out of business!