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.
'We shook hands... I got upset and started crying. Then Glenn broke down'
from the article on No Offence!:
When a passing cyclist intervened as a drunk racially abused two Asian women in Nottingham city centre, it changed both men's lives.
Shad Ali, punched to the ground and kicked in the face, ended up in an operating theatre. His assailant Glenn Jackson, eventually snared by CCTV footage, ended up in prison.
Almost seven years on they met at HMP Featherstone, Wolverhampton, for the first time. They embraced and wept before sitting down to share their feelings about the incident and its aftermath.
Circles: Healing through restorative justice
from the article by Laurel J. Felt:
“Who or what inspires you to be your best self?”
This is hardly the question that most Angelenos would ask at 9:30 in the morning on a gray, rainy Saturday. But for the 80+ adults and youth who gathered on March 2 at Mendez Learning Center in Boyle Heights, this introspective query kicked off “Circles,” a rich, daylong exploration of Restorative Justice.
Restorative justice for everyone: An innovative program and case study from Turners Falls High School in Massachusetts
from the article by David Bulley and Thom Osborne:
Restorative Justice generally exists as an alternative to traditional discipline. In most schools a student who acts out will be referred to the assistant principal or to the dean of students who then makes a determination: Is the student a candidate for restorative justice or should they be disciplined the traditional way of detentions or suspensions? Often this includes a choice by the student. In fact, as part of most restorative conferences, the perpetrator is informed that participation is voluntary and that at any time they can opt out and subject themselves to traditional justice. One problem with this system is that too many students welcome an out of school suspension.
Restorative justice – a third way
from the interview with Chris Marshall:
Crime and punishment—few issues generate more heated debate. How we deal with criminals is a particularly contested area. Should we lock them up and throw away the key? Or should we attempt some kind of rehabilitation?
Learning respect for a victim’s pain – a powerful speech to prisoners and criminal justice officials
from the article on Sycamore Voices:
When I first began the program I was recovering from a broken right wrist, it was a bad break and extremely painful. In greeting the residents I had to offer my right wrist – these guys have strong handshakes and a couple of times I actually winced in pain.
In order for me to be acquainted with the participants I had to offer something of myself, which hurt. In turn the guys learnt to not shake my hand hard and they developed a respect for my pain. Eight weeks on I can offer my hand without the fear of pain, as there has been a healing process.
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