Hereâ€™s how Bacon himself came to RJ:
After more than a decade of ushering misbehaving students at JMU through hearings on their conduct, sanctions, and other legalistic steps, Josh Bacon was ready for a change in 2009.
â€œI went into educational leadership and student affairs because I cared about young adults and their futures,â€ he says. â€œBut thatâ€™s not how they perceived me â€“ they saw me as the â€˜bad guy,â€™ somebody there to enforce the universityâ€™s rules, somebody who wasnâ€™t on their side.â€
So he took a course at EMU with restorative justice pioneer Howard Zehr. Before the semester was even over, he started applying Zehrâ€™s teachings to his student judicial work.
â€œOne of the biggest oversights in my [previous] work was not engaging the victim; my office was almost entirely offender focused,â€ recalls Bacon.
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