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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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Driver admits causing death: Case referred to restorative justice

from the article in Otago Daily Times:

A man who yesterday admitted careless driving causing the death of another motorist will complete a restorative justice programme before being sentenced.

Michael John Andrews (27), mine worker, of Queenstown, appeared before Judge Tom Broadmore in the Queenstown District Court and admitted causing the death of David Orchard on State Highway 1, Mangamaunu, Kaikoura, on March 6....

Sep 19, 2014    , , , , , ,

Healthy alternatives to prosecution can help domestic violence victims

from the Op Ed by Leigh Goodmarch in the New York Times:

Criminal prosecution should be available for people who want to take that route. But for those who want, for whatever reason, to continue their relationships with their abusive partners, other options should be offered. Those options could include restorative justice processes. 

Restorative justice is a practice centered on the idea that justice can be about healing instead of simply punishment. It emphasizes repairing harms rather than punishing crimes, giving victims and offenders the opportunity to engage in dialogue around the harm itself, assessing the impact on the victim and outlining the steps necessary to ensure offender accountability and meet the victim’s needs.

Sep 18, 2014   

Justice takes to the streets of LA

from the article by Mike Feuer in Los Angeles Times:

Since charter reform paved the way for neighborhood councils, Los Angeles has made steady progress toward a more neighborhood-centered government. But up to now, that hasn't included neighborhood-centered justice.

Sep 17, 2014    , , , , ,

The truth about Truth Commissions: Why they do not function optimally in post-conflict societies

from the article by Matiangai V.S. Sirleaf in Cardozo Law Review:

Countries that have undergone conflict generally experience extreme violence, social disruption, human suffering, and economic destruction, while authoritarian rule is characterized by the concentration of power in a small group of politicians who maintain control through the exclusion of political challengers and political repression. 

Sep 16, 2014    , , , ,

Restorative justice is a win-win

from the article by John D. Due Jr. for CNN.com:

....The larger question this case raises is the role of the police force in a community. Is it to be at war with the community on a militarized basis to destroy the enemy in a zero-sum game of winners and losers? Does this mean we need to train our police in anti-terrorism and war games with a military orientation of being a winner against a loser?....

Sep 15, 2014    , , ,

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