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
Justice takes to the streets of LA
Since charter reform paved the way for neighborhood councils, Los Angeles has made steady progress toward a more neighborhood-centered government. But up to now, that hasn't included neighborhood-centered justice.
Restorative justice is a win-win
....The larger question this case raises is the role of the police force in a community. Is it to be at war with the community on a militarized basis to destroy the enemy in a zero-sum game of winners and losers? Does this mean we need to train our police in anti-terrorism and war games with a military orientation of being a winner against a loser?....
Restorative justice scheme helps settle more than 90 neighbourhood disputes
from the article in the Telegraph & Argus:
Nearly 100 neighbourhood disputes have been resolved through an innovative restorative justice scheme in Bradford.
The Neighbourhood Resolution Panel brings criminals face-to-face with their victims to agree, with trained volunteers, on restorative action in the community where low level crime or anti-social behaviour has taken place.
Restorative justice helps communities in Darlington come together, according to volunteer Rosie Dixon
from the article in the Northern Echo:
Restorative justice is helping fractured communities come together, according to a passionate volunteer.
Rosie Dixon, 22, devotes her spare time to working with Darlington’s Neighbourhood Resolution scheme, which works to resolve neighbourhood disputes using restorative approaches.
St. Louis program helps police and public smooth over minor conflicts
from the article in the St. Louis Post -Dispatch:
If you think a city cop was rude, cursed at you or treated you unfairly, you might have a chance to hammer out your differences in a face-to-face chat.
St. Louis police are running a pilot program aimed at resolving bitter but relatively minor conflicts between citizens and officers. So far, the department has resolved 15 complaints through mediation since the program started in October 2011, said Lt. Scott Gardner, an internal affairs commander.
Restorative justice element needed in sacrament of penance
from the article on CatholicIreland.net:
Purely verbal approach to repentance is not enough says President of Maynooth.
As Catholic churches all over the world stayed open last night and today to celebrate “a festival of forgiveness” through the ’24 hours for the Lord’ initiative, the President of St Patrick’s College Maynooth has said there is a real need for restorative justice in the sacrament of Confession.
‘What We All Want is Respect’
from the article by Candace McCoy:
What’s next for police-neighborhood relationships in New York City? All parties know that aggressive stop-and-frisk practices must change. A federal judge said so.
In Camden, young ex-offenders spread antiviolence message
from the article on philly.com:
Wilson Rodriguez thought he had something worthwhile to say, but he wondered why a young audience would listen to a 21-year-old parolee convicted as a teenager in the bludgeoning death of a sleeping homeless man.
He told more than a dozen youngsters in an event hosted by the Camden Board of Education he and his friends "did something horrible and someone ended up dying."
New Peacemaking Court will help ease relationship conflicts
from the article in Oakland County Legal News:
A dream has come true for Washtenaw County Trial Court Judge Timothy Connors who will oversee a new Peacemaking Court thanks to a yearlong grant from the state’s Court Performance Innovation Fund.
“This is an alternative—a way of thinking, a way of talking, a way of acting that in my opinion has great validity toward achieving justice,” said Connors, who has already begun to oversee the new court.