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Widening the circle: Can peacemaking work outside of tribal communities?

Wolf, Robert V.
June 4, 2015

Source: (2012) New York: Center for Court Innovation.

As part of its efforts to support tribal justice systems, the U.S. Department of Justice has encouraged state and tribal practitioners to consider the question: What lessons can state and tribal courts learn from each other? The hope is that the answer to this question will help strengthen both tribal and state court systems by expanding knowledge of proven strategies and fostering mutual understanding. The U.S. Department of Justice’s Bureau of Justice Assistance, in collaboration with the Center for Court
Innovation’s Tribal Justice Exchange, sponsored a day-long discussion among tribal and state court practitioners and policymakers in December 2011 to explore Indian peacemaking, with an eye toward documenting promising practices and introducing peacemaking in non-Indian settings. This report was originally written as a guide for participants in the roundtable but raises practical questions
for anyone interested in adapting peacemaking to non-tribal settings. After providing an overview of peacemaking, the paper outlines key issues jurisdictions will most likely want to consider during planning and implementation. (excerpt)


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