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Conflicts and in-school suspensions drop sharply at Middle School during second year of “restorative discipline” initiative

from the article on the University of Texas website:

Truancy, bullying and other conflicts among students are down, and in-school suspensions have declined 75 percent at a San Antonio middle school two years after University of Texas at Austin researchers helped implement “restorative discipline” as an alternative to “zero tolerance” in dealing with these issues, according to second-year findings involving a three-year initiative.

The marked improvement at Ed White Middle School in San Antonio’s North East Independent School District also was reflected by its being ranked in the top 25 percent statewide for improved progress this year, said Marilyn Armour, a professor at The University of Texas at Austin’s School of Social Work and director of the Institute for Restorative Justice and Restorative Dialogue. She said the middle school made substantial gains in student school performance as measured by the number of students who passed the state exam’s math and reading components....

Nov 27, 2014 , , ,

Crime victims meet offenders in new restorative justice programme

from the article by Rachel Millard in The Argus:

A mother said it “felt good” to look a burglar in the eye and explain the damage he caused her family.

Tracey Clift sat down with the thief who took irreplaceable items including the medal her grandfather had won in the First World War and a charm bracelet from her father.

She went to meet him in Lewes Prison, where the burglar is serving time for other crimes, almost five years after he broke into her Worthing home via the kitchen window and stole “most of our family history” from the safe.

Nov 26, 2014 , , , , , ,

Cherokee Talking Circle

from Crime Solutions:

The Cherokee Talking Circle (CTC) is a culturally based intervention targeting substance abuse among Native American adolescents. The program was designed for students who were part of the United Keetoowah Band of Cherokee Indians, the eighth largest tribe in Oklahoma. The goal of the CTC is to reduce substance abuse, with abstinence as the ideal outcome for students....

The intervention is aimed at Keetoowah–Cherokee students ages 13 to 18 who are in the early stages of substance misuse and who are also experiencing negative consequences as a result of their substance use....

Nov 25, 2014 , , ,

Memory for change

from the discussion paper prepared by Impunity Watch:

The present discussion paper serves as a basis for the Asia Exchange Meeting “Memory for Change”, which is being organised by Impunity Watch (IW) in Bangkok, Thailand from 1 until 7 November 2014. 

The Exchange Meeting seeks to explore with civil society organisations and victims’ groups from Cambodia, Burma/Myanmar, Nepal, Sri Lanka, Indonesia, Timor Leste and Thailand how memorialisation can be used as a complementary or alternative transitional justice process (TJ), and/or as a step towards institutionalised processes of TJ such as trials and truth commissions.... 

Nov 24, 2014 ,

Parents of Chris Donovan, murdered in Ewell in 2001, back Restorative Justice Week

from the article by Chris Caulfield in the Surrey Comet:

The parents of an 18-year-old murdered in the street have spent Restorative Justice Week telling school children how even the smallest decisions can have an enormous impact on people's lives.

Chris Donovan was beaten unconscious while walking home through Ewell with his brother Phil after a night out in 2001.

Nov 21, 2014 , , ,

‘One Year On’ progress report against the 2013 Restorative Justice Action Plan

from the report by the Ministry of Justice:

2. Raising Awareness

The Government is committed to increasing the use of RJ across the CJS. However, there is currently low awareness of RJ with both the public and criminal justice professionals. We need to have consistent messages related to the purpose and value of RJ, presented in a way that captures the victim’s attention and builds confidence. Information and guidance needs to be shared between the local CJS, community services and networks, including local authorities. These aims are consistent with the Government’s 2012 responses to the Getting it right for victims and witnesses and Effective community sentences consultations....

Progress is as follows:

Nov 20, 2014 , , , ,

'Premier League villains' go straight after meeting victims

from the article by Mark Tallentire in The Northern Echo:

Durham Police chief constable Mike Barton said between them David Clark and Shaun Morton committed about 500 crimes a year.

But after taking part in a restorative justice scheme, both are now drink and drug free and volunteering with other addict criminals.

Nov 19, 2014 , ,

Restorative justice: Inspiring the future of a just society for all

by Dan Van Ness

A good way to celebrate Restorative Justice Week is to watch this 16-minute video. It gives an excellent introduction to restorative justice and its potential.

Nov 18, 2014

Restorative Justice Week 2014

from the UK Government's website:

This year, the Ministry of Justice (MoJ) is supporting International Restorative Justice Week (16 to 23 November) by running a public awareness raising campaign. 

The campaign, which is being supported by the Restorative Justice Council, WhyMe? and the Chris Donovan Trust, is called “What would you do?”, encouraging people to think about whether they would meet somebody who committed a crime against them.

Nov 17, 2014

Restorative encounters in terrorist victimization in Spain: Theoretical reflections and practical insights from social work

from the article by Alberto Jose Oladlde in Onati Socio-Legal Series:

The humanist model, intimately connected with the so called healing paradigm, is a very useful model for restorative intervention, as it distances itself from conflict resolution models which seek to reach an agreement and foster a directive process.

The healing paradigm is characterized, among others, by the following elements: care and non-judgemental acceptation of the humanity of the person, the establishment of an emotional relationship and connection, the building up of confidence, the connection with the universal desire for welfare, heartfelt communication, action focussed on the wounds and the creation of a secure communicative environment for recovery.

Nov 14, 2014 , ,

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