Oakland activist helps troubled young men heal from trauma
October 18, 2013
In two decades of observing and sometimes fighting the criminal justice system, Galvis said he has watched it swallow up too many of California’s youth in a vortex of punishment. So he’s trying to foster a new system of justice in East Oakland, one rooted in ancient rituals of...
Childs Hill School in Cricklewood handed restorative justice award
October 17, 2013
For the past five years, the school has taught pupils to resolve arguments by encouraging children to speak about them. Headteacher Dan Hawkins said the school has come â€œa long wayâ€. He said: â€œThe children feel safe here. Itâ€™s all about wellbeing and having respect for...
What happens at a restorative justice conference?
October 16, 2013
Actual word for word records of Restorative Justice conferences are rarely available to the public. The ones featured here are accurate accounts of real RJ meetings that have taken place. Every name has been changed or anonymised as have other identifying features such as times, locations and...
Circle with diverse members, harmed, harmer and community role models.
October 15, 2013
I believe that Circles are more effective that a victim-offender conference. For one they include others, this allows for additional perspectives to the harm, and for more perspectives on how to repair it. Circles that include victim, offender and community are more aligned with...
Crime victims find healing through restorative justice
October 11, 2013
Wilson initially thought the trial and conviction of her husbandâ€™s murderer would bring her some sort of comfort or closure. â€œI had this little light at the end of the tunnel,â€ she says. â€œI kept thinking, itâ€™s almost over, heâ€™s gonna get convicted....
Transforming campus culture to prevent rape: The possibility and promise of restorative justice as a response to campus sexual violence
October 8, 2013
…The idea of using restorative justice in rape cases is controversial. However, some feminists have come to strongly advocate for it, arguing that it actually provides a more empowering and survivor-oriented approach than the traditional criminal justice system: condemns violence in...
How Scandinavian prisons model a redemptive sense of punishment
October 8, 2013
According to a recent report in The Atlantic, these are the hallmarks of the Scandinavian approach to crime and punishment, which ranks among the most humane in the world while still yielding a recidivism rate of less than half that of the United States justice system. It wholly baffles...
The Xingshi Hejie: Criminal Conciliation in Mainland China and in Taiwan
October 7, 2013
These features of Xingshi Hejie led to its insertion in what are called practices of restorative justice, which consist of encouraging the offender, to repent for his criminal actions, which in turn leads to a meeting. Including VOR in the list of restorative justice practices is essential to...
Meeting criminals helps the healing
October 7, 2013
Dyne “felt compelled” to meet Tristan to try and understand what had happened. When she did meet Lawson at Wellington Prison, Dyne said he could not look her in the eye. By the time she left, Dyne had hugged Tristan and told him she wanted to forgive him. As of this month,...
A restorative way to minimize crime
October 4, 2013
â€œIn my work, Iâ€™ve recognized how important our criminal justice and civil justice system is, but Iâ€™ve also recognized how many people donâ€™t get their needs met in those systems, and how sometimes those systems donâ€™t meet the needs of the people who go through...
Law expert says victims should have more power
October 3, 2013
The restorative justice process allows victims the chance to tell offenders the real impact of the crime, to get answers to their questions and to receive an apology. It also gives the perpetrators a chance to understand the impact of their actions and to do something to repair the harm they...
A voice for the future of juvenile justice in Asia Pacific.
September 30, 2013
…For diversion to take plea, viable alternatives to formal justice processing must exist in the form of community-based programmes and treatment facilities. Some of these programmes may involve a restorative justice approach or restitution, and to the extent that they seek to help the...
Soliciting community involvement and support for restorative justice through community service
September 26, 2013
Along with RCS, between 1999 and 2005, the court adopted several programs and interventions under what it called a â€œrestorative framework.â€ Among these were victim-offender mediation (VOM), a victim services program (Victim Impact Program, orVIP), an offender competency curriculum...
NIH to fund first randomized controlled trials for restorative practices in 16 Maine schools
September 25, 2013
he five-year project begins its first year with a planning phase. RAND will coordinate with the International Institute for Restorative Practices and its licensee, the Restorative Justice Project of the Midcoast, based in Belfast, Maine, to deliver restorative practices training to the study...