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Getting Started in Restorative Justice: A Guide for New England.

Boyes-Watson, Carolyn
June 4, 2015

Source: (2005) Boston: The Center for Restorative Justice, Suffolk University. Downloaded 14 November 2005.

The purpose of this resource guide is to
assist you in choosing restorative justice for yourself
and your community. In these pages you will find a
directory of established restorative justice programs in
New England, along with contact information for the
volunteers and practitioners who staff these programs.
We describe how these programs work, who the staff
is, how they are funded, and whom they serve. We
hope this information will broaden your understanding
of the practical applications of restorative justice
and the myriad ways restorative principles can be
implemented within the justice system, social services,
schools, churches, and communities.
More than a directory, this resource guide is designed
to serve as a manual for getting started in restorative
justice. In our experience, successful programs in
restorative justice are the work of ordinary citizens
who desire a different way of doing justice in their
community. We share the unique history of exemplary
programs—how they were conceived and how they
were nurtured—to inspire and instruct others who are
seeking their own way toward restorative justice. This
background story, often overlooked, is enormously
helpful for those who wish to get started in restorative
justice. These pages tell more than just what programs
do now: we tell who started them and why, what help
they received along the way, the obstacles they faced,
and the strategies they used to overcome them. Our
hope is that these stories will help light your path as
you begin your own journey to realize a restorative
vision for yourself and your community. (excerpt)


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