Source: (2002) Paper presented at “Dreaming of a New Reality,” the Third International Conference on Conferencing,
Circles and other Restorative Practices, August 8-10, 2002, Minneapolis, Minnesota.
The presentation seeks to highlight the various strategies that was undertaken by a goup of non-government organizations to initiate major reforms in the juvenile justice system in the Philippines. The presentation starts out with a situationer that outlines the major problems and the remedies that the NGO’s undertook to address those problems as well as initiate a major reform program that led to the incorporation of restorative justice as the operating philosophy of the first comprehensive juvenile justice and delinquency prevention bill that is now pending in the Congress. It will also show how restorative justice has been incorporatated in the training programs for family court judges in the Philippine Judicial Academy as well as its inclusion in the training curriculums of the verious agencies involved in juvenile justice: law enforcement, jail management personnel, public attorney’s office, etc.
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