Restorative group conferencing and sexting: Repairing harm in Wright County
from the article by Nancy Riestenberg:
Three years ago, in a middle school in Wright County, Minnesota, students discovered sexually explicit pictures of a student on the cell phone of her boyfriend. The students ran to the bathroom with the cell phone and sent the pictures on to eight other students. By the time the adults in the school discovered them, many student cell phones had received the pictures. The administration asked the school resource officer from the Sheriff’s Office to investigate. Potentially many students could be charged with sending or receiving sexually explicit pictures of a minor, a felony offense. What was the County Attorney going to do?
Victim-offender service closed
from the announcement from the Restorative Justice Centre:
The Restorative Just Centre (RJC) is appalled and deeply distressed to announce that it has been forced to close its victim offender conference service in Tshwane, as a result of government’s withdrawal of funding. The RJC is the only organisation providing this type of service in Tshwane.
Greg Wilhoit: an innocent man dies (RIP) Feb. 14, 2014
from the article by Lisa Rea:
This blog article is in memory of exoneree Greg Wilhoit who passed on Feb. 14, 2014 in Sacramento, California. I first wrote about Greg’s life in 2010 posted here through rjonline.org.
Mar 05, 2014 Correspondent:Lisa Rea
Thief wants to work with victims
from the article in The Dominion Post:
Confusion reigned in a court after a woman who stole from a restorative justice service asked to go through a restorative justice process facilitated by the same organisation.
During her appearance in Masterton District Court on Monday, Daniella Marie Kingi, 20, pleaded guilty to all three charges and told the court through her lawyer Frank Minehan that she wanted to go through a restorative justice process with victims of two thefts.
But there was a catch - one of the victims, Wairarapa Restorative Justice Services, was also in charge of facilitating the process.
Children’s right to participate: Implications for school discipline
from the article by Mariëtte Reyneke:
Children’s rights are often divided into prevention, protection and participation rights. The right to be heard or the right to express views are some of the manifestations of the participation rights of children. One of the main points of contention in the children’s rights debate pertaining to participation rights is to find a balance between, on the one hand, the child’s lack of full autonomy and capacity, and, on the other, the recognition that the child is an active subject of human rights, with an own personality, integrity and ability to participate freely in society.
Beyond crime: Pathways to desistance, social justice, and peacebuilding
from event announcement:
With this year’s theme of the conference “Beyond crime: pathways to desistance, social justice, and peacebuilding” we aim to broaden our scope of restorative justice, and therefore try to look “beyond” its application to the criminal justice system. Thus we hope to bring together a diverse range of perspectives focusing at different levels (the personal, the societal, the political), and inspired by a multitude of backgrounds and disciplines (such as criminology, social and political sciences, peace research, etc.). The three selected themes of the conference are highly interrelated, and offer opportunities to deepen our understanding, and to critically reflect on the limits and the potentials of restorative justice in an increasingly complex, intercultural, and divided world.
Mar 03, 2014 Event
Discipline with dignity: Oakland classrooms try healing instead of punishment
from the article by Fania Davis:
Tommy, an agitated 14-year-old high school student in Oakland, Calif., was in the hallway cursing out his teacher at the top of his lungs. A few minutes earlier, in the classroom, he’d called her a “b___” after she twice told him to lift his head from the desk and sit up straight. Eric Butler, the school coordinator for Restorative Justice for Oakland Youth (RJOY—the author is executive director of the organization) heard the ruckus and rushed to the scene. The principal also heard it and appeared. Though Butler tried to engage him in conversation, Tommy was in a rage and heard nothing. He even took a swing at Butler that missed. Grabbing the walkie-talkie to call security, the principal angrily told Tommy he would be suspended.
Restorative Justice Storytelling for those harmed, hoping to heal, 3 goals and a story.
from the blog article by Kris Miner:
Developing the skill set for working with storytellers is one of the most crucial building blocks for developing a successful Restorative Justice program. Stories are a key element in Restorative Justice Circles. Having powerful storytellers . . . common everyday people who have experienced a trauma and have the ability to share that story in a way that is transformative for the teller and listener both.
Can Mandela's model for restorative justice work in healthcare?
from the article on the Health Service Journal:
...Rather than being motivated by the desire for vengeance, Mandela was a driving force behind the establishment of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission in 1995, a distinctive approach to addressing the aftermath of harm that emphasised healing over punishment.
Study finds executions do little to heal victims’ families
from the article on PsychCentral:
A new study suggests that the primary reason people say they support the death penalty is based on an incorrect assumption — that the death of the murderer would bring satisfaction and closure to the victim’s family.
The study itself does not advocate for the death penalty or for life without the possibility of parole (LWOP). It is the first study, however, dealing directly with whether capital punishment affects the healing of murder victims’ loved ones.