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Burning Bridges: Engaging communities and raising public awareness about restorative practices

Bailie, John
June 4, 2015

Source: (2008) Report of the fifth conference of the European Forum for Restorative Justice, Building restorative justice in Europe: cooperation between the public, policy makers, practitioners and researchers, Verona.

This workshop was to explore innovative ways to actively engage affected community
stakeholders in restorative practices while raising public awareness about the effectiveness and legitimacy of restorative options. This presentation included interactive discussion and a showing of the IIRP-produced documentary “Burning Bridges”. “Burning Bridges” is a documentary about the arson of Mood’s Bridge, a historic covered bridge in Bucks County, Pennsylvania, USA, and the restorative conference held in its wake… The presenters discussed how advocates for restorative practices can accomplish the dual aims of providing effective processes that meet the needs of a wider circle of stakeholders while effectively educating policy-makers and the general public. (excerpt)


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