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Victims at the heart of our justice system

from the article by Scott Simpson in Sun Media:

Since 2008 the Government has been working hard to put victims at the heart of our justice system, because we know they deserve and need our support.

Laws can't change the past, or take away the pain victims may have suffered, but they can provide protection and support services....

Dec 19, 2014 , , ,

An alternative to suspension and expulsion: 'Circle up!'

from the story by Eric Westervelt on NPR:

Oakland Unified, one of California's largest districts, has been a national leader in expanding restorative justice. The district is one-third African-American and more than 70 percent low-income. The program was expanded after a federal civil rights agreement in 2012 to reduce school discipline inequity for African-American students.

At Edna Brewer Middle School, the fact that students are taking the lead — that so many want to be part of this effort — shows that it's starting to take root.

"Instead of throwing a punch, they're asking for a circle, they're backing off and asking to mediate it peacefully with words," says Ta-Biti Gibson, the school's restorative justice co-director. "And that's a great thing."

Dec 18, 2014 , , , , ,

'No option' but to remand case

from the article in Otago Daily Times:

A former Central Otago policeman who admitted making an intimate visual recording of a teenager showering, using a police-issued iPhone, will have to wait until next year for his application for a discharge without conviction to be heard....

Regardless, Judge Phillips said he intended to adjourn the matter based on other concerns.

"I would want the victim here to be independently spoken to and a detailed victim statement obtained of her independently . . . I am concerned about it all. She is entirely unrepresented here."

Dec 18, 2014 , , , ,

The new face of county justice

from the article in Mille Lacs Messenger:

Walsh has experience as an attorney in private practice and said this about his upcoming venture of being the new Mille Lacs County Attorney:

“I am honored and humbled to be chosen as your next county attorney. Over the past year, I have made a personal effort to show that I favor leadership by example over mere words and am willing to work hard to earn your trust. That will continue as I begin to do the hard work of representing the people of Mille Lacs County. This office belongs to the people, and I will do everything in my power to protect our residents and rebuild our community when it has been harmed.”

Dec 17, 2014 , ,

Racist attack on bus: Offender's Youth Justice Conference

from the article by Lisa Robinson in The Sydney Morning Herald:

A teenager involved in an anti-Semitic attack on a bus full of young Jewish students will visit the Sydney Jewish Museum as part of an agreed settlement with NSW police and the Jewish community.

The teenager attended a youth justice conference on Waverley Council Library on Tuesday, where he faced one of his victims and her family.

As well as touring the Sydney Jewish Museum, the youth will also enrol in a school harmony project run by the NSW Jewish Board of Deputies.

Dec 16, 2014 , , ,

Crime victims: Make culprits work and give us 'neighbourhood justice panel'

from the article by Mark Williams in Hull Daily Mail:

....PC Andy White, neighbourhood police officer in Kirk Ella, often uses restorative justice and has praised its effectiveness.

He said: "I think it is really good, but it needs to be victim-led.

"It has to be used properly and for the right kind of low-level offence.

"I mainly use it for young people who are first-time offenders.

Dec 15, 2014 , , , , ,

Offenders' testimonies difficult to absorb - but they offer critical insights

from the article by Dearbhail McDonald in the Independent:

The voice of the victims who spoke to the UCD-led research study into restorative justice was harrowing. But it was fascinating to listen to the voices, one that is rarely heard, of sexual offenders themselves.

Some 23 offenders, including several jailed for life for grave sexual crimes, spoke of their experience of their crimes, the criminal justice system and the impact of their offending on their victims and their own families.

Dec 12, 2014 , , ,

'I slept through the night for the first time since she died': The mum who went to prison to meet man responsible for daughter's death

from the article by Cathy Owen in Wales Online:

Kate Morgan had struggled to come to terms with the death of her 22-year-old daughter Lona Wyn Jones in a horrific car crash two years ago.

The 45-year-old from Dolgellau desperately wanted to visit the driver, Ian Edwards, who was sentenced to three years and nine months in prison after pleading guilty to dangerous driving.

She said she had questions that only he could answer....

Dec 11, 2014 , ,

How to settle the Pacetti affair — without politics

from the article by Steve Sullivan in iPolitics:

The problem of Massimo Pacetti seems to be one with no obvious solution.

The Montreal MP was kicked out of the Liberal caucus by Justin Trudeau after an NDP MP came forward to accuse him of sexual misconduct. His accuser — like a lot of women in similar circumstances — has rejected going the justice system route. Parliament has no process in place to deal with such cases....

Mr. Pacetti's accuser has said that she doesn't want “vengeance … It is only a desire to be heard, a desire to have an apology, a desire, in the end, to heal.”

Dec 10, 2014 , , ,

Victims to have a greater say on restorative justice

from the press release from Restorative Justice Aotearoa:

The General Manager for Restorative Justice Aotearoa, Mike Hinton, says the change from an ‘opt in’ to an ‘opt out’ arrangement shows that there is greater acceptance about the role that restorative justice plays in providing the victim with a voice within the criminal justice system.

“Research in New Zealand and from overseas clearly shows that participation in restorative justice has benefits for victims of crime. A 2011 survey run by the Ministry of Justice showed that 82% of victims were satisfied after attending a RJ conference and 80% said they would be likely to recommend RJ to others in a similar position”.

Dec 09, 2014 , , , ,

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