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Restorative justice emphasizes repairing the harm caused by crime. When victims, offenders and community members meet to decide how to do that, the results can be transformational.

To see how this approach is changing all aspects of criminal justice, visit the rooms above, the map to the right and the blog below.

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Fatal crash lies lead to home detention

from the article by Anne Clarkson in The Press:

Two men who lied to the police after an accident that killed a man were sentenced to home detention in the Christchurch District Court today.

Feng Sun, 39, told the police he was the driver of a truck that crashed off the road in the Otira Gorge in April 2012, and Yu Ouyang, 52, who was a witness in a car following the truck, also said Sun was the driver.

Sep 02, 2014    , ,

Justice in Ferguson, Missouri: Can restorative justice apply here?

from Lisa Rea's blog entry at Restorative Justice International:

I have worked in the area of civil rights in the past. I include my restorative justice work in the last 20 years as being part of that civil rights work. 

But in the 1980s I also served on a local civil rights coalition in the Sacramento area in California where our focus was to respond to acts of racial hatred in the region. This included acts of racial violence and intimidation by the Ku Klux Klan and the neo-Nazi party. 

Sep 01, 2014    , , , , ,

Project Turnaround earns kudos

from the article by Sarah Jarvis in The Timaru Herald:

When it comes to exceptional service and notable results, Timaru's restorative justice programme is leading the way. The Ministry of Justice-funded programme, known locally as Project Turnaround, ranked No 1 out of 22 national providers in a recent survey.

Aug 29, 2014    , , , , ,

What kind of prison might the inmates design?

from the article by Lee Romney in the LA Times:

....The 18 men who enrolled in the four-day workshop this summer were contemplating restorative justice through a novel lens: design.

As consensus builds that traditional criminal justice models are failing to prevent recidivism, [Deanna] VanBuren and fellow instructor Barb Toews, an academic, have joined a small chorus of designers, researchers and even judges and wardens calling for new spaces to match the tenets of restorative justice.

...."What would a room look like," she then asked, "where you could face anything you've done and be accountable for it?"

Aug 28, 2014    , , , , ,

PCC Grove plans restorative justice expansion 'to give victims a bigger say'

from the article by James Campbell in Hull Daily Mail:

....Restorative justice, which allows victims to have a say in how the offender is punished, is already being used by Humberside Police, but police and crime commissioner Matthew Grove wants to expand the practice.

This could involve victims meeting the offender face-to-face for an apology or the offender repairing or paying for any damage caused.

Aug 27, 2014    , , , ,

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