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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 , , , ,

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 , , , ,

Toronto ‘spiceman’ case sent to unique restorative justice program before sentencing

From the Torstar New Service article:

Before Naveen Polapady is sentenced for assaulting and throwing spices at a man he says he believed was a thief, he and the man he injured will take the unusual step of talking it out — no lawyers present.

Polapady’s case was referred to a “vibrant restorative justice mediation service” at the St. Stephen’s Community House in Kensington Market, Crown attorney John Flaherty told the court Monday morning.

It may be a chance for Manuel Belo, who needed six stitches to the head and was covered in welts after the violent altercation three years ago outside Polapady’s restaurant, to get redress for the wrongs done to him, the court heard.

Aug 21, 2014 ,

Coronation Street bosses slammed over "completely inaccurate" restorative justice storyline by police

from the article by Rob Leigh in Mirror:

Coronation Street has been blasted by police over their restorative justice storyline.

The ITV soap recently aired scenes where Gail McIntyre met with Michael Rodwell (played by Les Dennis) in jail after he burgled her house.

However, the plot - which has been branded "overly dramatic" and "disgraceful" - put a real-life crime victim off meeting the person who stole her credit card because she was "too scared".

Aug 20, 2014 , ,

The criminalization of black youth and the rise of restorative justice

from the article by Max Eternity in Truthout:

Among extrajudicial deaths at the hands of police and white vigilantes, the tragic stories of Travon Martin and Oscar Grant have garnered media attention, but are also highly contested narratives. Less talked about is the institutionalized climate of fear that has been normalized for brown-skinned youth - the daily domestic terror by police.

....[This] insidious institutional problem continues to unfold. We examine it in... an on-site interview with Chief Allen Nance - the chief probation officer of San Francisco's Juvenile Hall - on June 13, 2014.

Aug 19, 2014 , ,

Restorative justice discipline plan changes path of student

from the article by Chris Hottensen in the Southern:

....Repeated disruptive behavior on the school bus, playground, lunch room and classroom left the school little choice but to transfer him out of the facility.

But several staff members at the school refused to give up on the adolescent. Instead of sending the student out and washing its hands of the matter, the school employed restorative justice, a formative discipline system that has become part of its community growth plan.

The results have been nothing short of life-changing for the student and climate-changing for the school.

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