The burglar who paid back
From the Restorative Justice Week 2013 materials from UK Ministry of Justice:
Jason Reed was sentenced to five years in prison after admitting to more than 50 unsolved burglaries. Shortly after, he expressed his wish to start afresh and make amends. He was asked if he would like to take part in Restorative Justice.
Crime victims find healing through restorative justice
From the article by Jasmin Lopez on KALW :
Dionne Wilson's husband, a San Leandro police officer, was killed in the line of duty seven years ago, but she says it took her a long time to find a way to really heal.
“For many years, I carried around so much vengeance and hate. I realized at a certain point I had nothing left. I had no more tools. I engaged in a lot of self-destructive behavior. I tried to buy my way out of my grief; I tried to drink my way out for a short period. Thankfully, I didn’t take that too far. And I just didn’t have a way to move past being embroiled in the moment,” says Wilson.
Burglar turns his life around after meeting victim
From the article by Lisa Jones on the Gloucestershire Echo:
A reformed burglar has turned his life around after meeting one of his victims face to face.
Jamie Hooper broke into homes in Gloucestershire and stole whatever he could carry to feed his drug habit.
Cumbria prison governor's bid to cut the rate of reoffending
from the article on in-Cumbria:
Restorative justice is being rolled out at Cumbria’s only prison in a bid to cut reoffending rates.
The system, which sees criminals facing up to the consequences of their crimes, is the pet project of prison governor Tony Corcoran – who joined HMP Haverigg in January and is an expert in the field.
OP-ED: The Power of Community Conferencing
from the article by John Lash:
Sitting in a circle has an equalizing effect, allowing everyone to see each other clearly, inviting connection. It has a different feeling than sitting in rows to hear a presentation, or sitting in a courtroom facing a judge. There isn’t anywhere to hide in a circle. It is my experience that circles invite us to share vulnerability and honesty.
I was reminded of this when I watched an hour-long documentary, Fixing Juvie Justice, on PBS.
Burglar shocked about grandchildren
From article on the Why me? website:
John crept into Larry’s house in the early hours of the morning. He took his iphone and car keys from right beside his sleeping head and then stole his car.
Larry woke the next morning with a shock to realise he had been burgled. Struggling to come to terms with the burglary and his loss, Larry was deeply affected by the crime, losing sleep, changing his car, and eventually moving house.
Youth offending service wins national award
From the article in The Northern Echo:
A NORTH-EAST youth offenders service has won a prestigious national award for its efforts to help young people avoid the criminal system by making them take responsibility for their actions.
The Darlington Youth Offending Service (YOS) works in partnership with Durham Police to steer first time offenders away from the court system by using restorative justice, where the young person is made to face up to what they have done and make amends.
Restorative justice behind prison walls
from the article by Pierre R. Berastain from Huff Post Crime:
On June 22 and 23, I made a promise to individuals typically considered convicted murderers, thieves, and drug dealers, most of whom are serving at least one life sentence for their crimes. I have sat on my thoughts and words for a few hours now because, in all sincerity, whatever I see on my screen seems lifeless, devoid of everything I experienced in the company of these men. Yet, I made a promise to tell the story of those two days.
With the help of my friend and colleague Professor Karen Lischinski, the men from the Restorative Justice Group at MCI-Norfolk Prison worked for many months to host a two-day restorative justice retreat behind prison walls. Let me repeat: The men serving time at Norfolk Prison helped put together a retreat meant to inspire inmates to rehabilitate, mend the harms they have caused, and make promises to the community in and outside the prison walls that they will live more honest and honorable lives. The experience felt transformative.
Play teaches community about restorative justice
....Theatre on the Beat, an Ontario-based group will put on the play, called Forgiven/Forgotten, in conjunction with the Mennonite Central Committee.
“It is a play that deals with an inmate who is coming out of jail and the community is in turmoil because of it,” said Ryan Siemens, reverend at Grace Mennonite Church. “It asks questions on how can we best deal or integrate an inmate in the healthiest way.”
Siemens is the chair of two restorative justice committees -- Person to Person and Circles of Support and Accountability. Person to Person is a prison visitation program the Mennonite Church has been involved with for 38 years and Circles of Support works with high-risk offenders who have been released back into society.
An Outcome Evaluation of Minnesota Circles of Support and Accountability (MnCoSA)
....The use of the COSA model with high-risk sex offenders began in a small Mennonite community in Canada in the early 1990s. Grounded in the tenets of the restorative justice philosophy, the COSA model attempts to help sex offenders successfully reenter http://www.doc.state.mn.us/publications/documents/9-12MnCOSAResearchinBrief.pdfthe community and, thus, increase public safety, by providing them with social support as they try to meet their employment, housing, treatment, and other social needs. Each COSA consists of anywhere between four and six community volunteers, one of whom is a primary volunteer, who meet with the offender on a regular basis. The results from several evaluations of the Canadian COSA model suggest it significantly reduces sex offender recidivism....