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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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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    , , , ,

Restorative Justice Hub to be developed in Cheshire

from the article in the Chester Chronicle:

Victim Support, the charity that provides support for victims and witnesses of crime are developing a Restorative Justice Hub after receiving £93,500 from, the police and crime commissioner for Cheshire, John Dwyer’s Capability and Capacity Building fund....

Aug 26, 2014    , , , ,

Garden provides more than fresh food

from the article in the Daily Journal:

More than a ton of fresh produce was harvested from the Restorative Justice Garden at the Farmington Correctional Center.

The exact amount was 2,053 pounds of potatoes, tomatoes, cabbage, beans, okra, bell peppers, and zucchini.

This huge pile of nutritious goodness was picked over the course of just three days. Shortly after being picked, the veggies were on the way to helping others.

Aug 25, 2014    , , , ,

Sexual Violence Research Initiative: Restorative justice

from the website:

Across the world, only a tiny proportion of survivors/victims of sexual violence ever see their rapist punished. There is increasing awareness that the requirements of legal proceedings are often in conflict with the needs of sexual violence survivors/victims. 

Experiences of the adversarial court processes post-sexual violence are often traumatic, requiring the survivor/victim to confront their assailant, to defend their case and re-live the experience. 

Aug 22, 2014    , , , ,

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