Uruguay police officers training in ‘restorative justice’ methods in Cambridge
January 17, 2014
According to Uruguay’s Ministry of Interior press office the courses are dictated by professors Lawrence Sherman, Heather Strang, Barak Ariel, Brian Dowling and Peter Neyroud, all experts in different fields of police and criminal strategies including restorative justice. â€œOur...
Chief constable: Restorative justice means I can now encourage family members to report crime
January 17, 2014
Durham Constabulary’s Chief Constable Mike Barton hailed its virtues at a conference yesterday (Tuesday, January 14). He said: “If a member of my family says something has happened, could I call the police, historically I was always reluctant to advise them to go to the police as I...
Bethlehem woman’s mystery novel explores progressive form of justice
January 16, 2014
In Murray’s novel, students from Democracy High commit a robbery in which they badly beat up a convenience store owner as a gang activity. Murray says she didn’t want to pin that kind of behavior on Freedom or Liberty High School students. “It’s got to be tough enough...
The mother finding solace after her son’s murder – by visiting prisons to talk to killers
January 14, 2014
All the more remarkable, then, that it is a story she has chosen to tell more than 70 times in front of some of the most violent convicted criminals in the country – and plans to continue to tell it, again and again. For although her son’s life ended in tragedy, committed Christian...
Restorative justice can save people and society
January 14, 2014
I had visions of the ultraviolent Alex from A Clockwork Orange. The State had taken ownership of his crimes. First through retributive justice via imprisonment, then distributive justice using therapeutic treatment where he was forced to watch violent images as part of his aversion therapy....
How to discipline students without turning school into a prison
January 11, 2014
Now the civil rights arms of both the Departments of Education and Justice have jointly set guidelines for school discipline. These guidelines are meant to help schools avoid racially discriminatory disciplinary practices as outlined in the Civil Rights Data Collection, a survey of all public...
I met my rapist – so I could shake his hand and tell him I have forgiven him
January 10, 2014
Katja, 40, had spent two years trying to arrange the meeting â€“ to let her attacker know she had forgiven him. The last time she saw him he had forced her off her bike and raped her on a dark footpath. Now, as the doors of the prison room swung open, she feared what her...
Implementing restorative justice in prison design
January 8, 2014
Now Glen Santayana, a student at Harvardâ€™s Graduate School of Design, has used his thesis project to add to this debate, designing PriSchool â€“ a prison which both integrates with a school of criminology and is embedded within the community. Could this radical approach to prison...
Alexandria students push for alternatives to suspension
January 7, 2014
A group of student advocates that in recent years has pushed for alternative approaches to school discipline want the program, which focuses less on punishment and more on repairing harm done in school incidents. The students are responding to statistics that show African American and Latino...
Hull boys brought face-to-face with the Bransholme woman they tormented
January 5, 2014
Four boys involved in the abuse in Bransholme have now offered personal and written apologies to Ms Sipa after Humberside Police arranged a restorative meeting. The youths have also voluntarily picked up litter in the community as a further gesture of apology. The officer in charge of the...
Promoting Restorative Justice for Children
January 2, 2014
…The 2006 United Nations (UN) Study on Violence against Children highlighted the extent of violence against children involved with the justice system, and this topic has, in turn, become a priority for the Special Representative of the Secretary General on Violence against Children...
Shannon Snapp: Restorative justice works: Give it a chance
January 1, 2014
Schools with high rates of suspension and expulsion report lower, not higher, grades school-wide. And the use of exclusionary discipline increases the chance that youths will not graduate and instead may end up in the juvenile justice system, a process called the â€œschool-to-prison...
In Camden, young ex-offenders spread antiviolence message
December 30, 2013
“The lesson was: Don’t follow nobody. That was my lesson,” Rodriguez said, reflecting on his first appearance in July as a member of Cease Murder Diplomats, a Camden nonprofit that seeks to reduce the homicide rate by mentoring young adults and the formerly incarcerated. When...
Social harm and social harmony
December 30, 2013
…The emphasis that different scholars and practitioners place on maximalist, minimalist or expansive notions of restorative justice, reveal the constructions of crime and the criminal that their conceptions are based on. The maximalist-minimalist restorative justice debate in the United...