Prison for teen who lit "agender" youth's skirt on fire thwarts healing
from the article by Sue Burrell on HuffPost:
The news of Richard Thomas' seven-year prison sentence raises fresh questions about how the justice system intervenes in dangerous, but clearly adolescent behavior. Richard, age 16, was prosecuted in a California adult court after setting on fire the skirt of 18-year-old "Sasha" Fleischman, who was asleep on a local bus. Sasha identifies as "agender" meaning neither male nor female. Three days after the incident, the Alameda County District Attorney's Office charged Richard as an adult, alleging assault and aggravated mayhem as hate crimes. The charging decision completely bypassed the juvenile court system....
Peace room trumps suspensions at Lincoln Park High School
During his seven years as assistant principal at Kenwood Academy, Michael Boraz learned to believe that punitive justice was the way to a disciplined and well-oiled school.
The idea of a "peace circle" to handle problems rather than a five-day suspension or even a transfer was almost laughable to him.
Oscar Pistorius' sentence: A missed opportunity?
from the post by Mike Batley on Restorative Justice Centre in South Africa:
The sentence that Judge Masipa has decided on reflects the careful balancing act required of a diligent sentencing officer. She has taken the calls by the State for direct imprisonment into account but not to the extent the prosecutor wanted; she has taken into account the call by the defence for Oscar to make a contribution to society by not imposing as lengthy a term of imprisonment as she could have....
These are some of the broader dimensions that could have been explored:
A 'local' response to community problems? A critique of community justice panels
Community justice panels have had a long and varied history and are now established at one level or another in most advanced neoliberal states. They involve local members of the community as volunteers in responding to crime and have been lauded for their potential to reduce offending behaviour and provide a more localised, culturally sensitive approach to crime committed by people from those communities.
Oct 20, 2014 Community
Dad hurt in east Hull water pistol attack: 'Restorative justice is no deterrent'
Humberside Police is extending its restorative justice programme and claims it is an effective way of dealing with some offences. But a father who was burnt in the face with a chemical while crossing the road in Southcoates Lane, east Hull, says the approach provides little deterrent.
Giving victims more of a say in how criminals are dealt with sounds like a good idea, but for Richard Scerrie it has been a frustrating experience.
The disabled father-of-two was burnt in the face when he was hit by a chemical fired from a water pistol by a gang of youths in east Hull.
But Mr Scerrie remains frustrated by his experience....
Corrective Education Company announces CEC Return, a restorative justice education program that addresses employee theft
from CEC's press release:
Corrective Education Company (CEC), the leading provider of Restorative Justice Education Programs, today announced the introduction of CEC Return™, a restorative justice education program and technology that helps Retailers address the growing problem of employee or internal theft....
Even practice doesn’t make perfect — and that’s OK
“If a thing is worth doing, it is worth doing badly.” G.K. Chesterton
I've used that quote as a guide for some time now, and nowhere more frequently than in my work promoting and practicing restorative and transformational approaches to conflict and harm. This was especially apparent to me this week, a week that both began and ended with me accompanying others along a restorative path with few markers other than my own experiences in the work and their desire to do things differently....
Merced County high schools see the benefits of restorative justice discipline model
High school officials in Merced County are taking a new approach at improving discipline policies on campuses, and that approach is showing a significant improvement in student participation and wellness, according to a new report.
Restorative justice policies, which focus on non-adversarial and dialogue-based decisionmaking, are proving to be more effective than zero-tolerance practices, school officials said during a presentation last week.
Two youth facilities raise funds for remembrance of murder victims
Sept. 25 was a national day of remembrance of murder victims.
At the State Capitol, youth from the N.A. Chaderjian Youth Correctional Facility and the O.H. Close Youth Correctional Facility donated their time and money to put on the event. The two youth correctional facilities raised more than $1,000.
Misty Foster, President of the Sacramento Chapter of Parents of Murdered Children, said the donated funds made the event possible.
People, not projects
by Lynette Parker:
Recently, I've done some work for the North American Mission Board’s LoveLoud Initiative to develop resources to help churches use restorative practices to meet the needs of those impacted by the justice system. In the text for one training session, I wrote:
“When talking to men, women, and children affected by crime, it’s important to remember they are people, not projects. The idea of a healing community is to build a safe place of welcome and inclusion where people can share their pain, trials, concerns and needs without fear of being judged or rejected.”