Source: (2004) Te Ara Whakatika: Newsletter of the court-referred restorative justice project. Winter 2004. Issue 22. Downloaded 8 February 2005.
New ZealandÃ¢Â€Â™s restorative justice experience is proving a resource for other countries, with Brazil the latest country to look at developing its own pilot project. A group of Brazilians, including judges, policy writers and a prosecutor, recently spent a few weeks in New Zealand studying the court-referred restorative justice pilot and the Youth Court. Ã¢Â€ÂœWe want to see what is working and what is not working internationally so we can build a better project in Brazil,Ã¢Â€? says Maercia De Mello, a member of the permanent commission of criminal policies in the Brazilian Federal DistrictÃ¢Â€Â™s Attorney GeneralÃ¢Â€Â™s office and the director of the Institute of International and Comparative Law.
Maercia first saw restorative justice in practise in Canada and thought Ã¢Â€Âœthe idea was very goodÃ¢Â€?. She went on to undertake research on the project, before organising the trip to New Zealand. (excerpt)
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