‘Restorative justice’ brings closure to Hopkins High School racial insensitivity dispute
From the article in the Golden Valley Patch:
Prosecutors have dropped misdemeanor charges against two Hopkins High School students who protested alleged racial insensitivity at the school, and the district has overturned the students’ suspensions, according to a joint statement from the school district and the students' attorney.
The actions follow a “restorative justice” process initiated to bring closure to a February confrontation between black students and school officials that led to a student walkout in May.
Nicaraguan Women May Have to Negotiate with their Abusers
From the article by José Adán Silva published by the Inter Press Service news Agency:
Conservative sectors in Nicaragua have launched an offensive against the Comprehensive Law Against Violence Toward Women, seeking amendments including an obligation for women victims to negotiate with their abusers, human rights groups reported.
Limits of school-based restorative justice in reducing school suspension
....As I have chronicled in some previous posts, Restorative Practices/School-Based Restorative Justice is being taken more and more seriously as a way to reduce the harmful effects of school suspension.
Certainly, when students are being suspended for the relatively minor infractions that compose a great fraction of the reasons for suspension, at least in the Detroit data–verbal abuse, talking back, violations of dress code, possibly even substance abuse–suspension makes no sense, and teaching students to be respectful of others by promoting affective communication and empathy makes perfect sense. Even serious violations of student behavior that do not pose a grave physical danger to others may be perfect candidates for school-based restorative practices.
Restorative justice more effective for serious crime
....“Restorative Justice conferencing is more effective in cases of serious crime, particularly cases of violence, than in cases of property theft, or minor incidents. Overall, restorative justice conferencing, reduces reoffending by about 20%, with around 90% of victims registering satisfaction with the process, and indicating that it has helped them in the healing process.
Call for more restorative justice plans
A restorative programme to help develop conflict resolution skills in west Tallaght in Dublin should be rolled out to all schools in Ireland, former governor of Mountjoy Prison John Lonergan has said.
At the launch of a report evaluating the Restorative Practice Programme of the Childhood Development Initiative, Mr Lonergan said inter-community relationships “are at the very heart of the quality of life that people have”.
Restorative justice for sexual assault
from the entry by Miri on Brute Reason:
....Someone asked me to write about what restorative justice might look like from the perspective of a rape survivor. To be clear, I am not a survivor of rape, although I am a survivor of sexual assault. In any case, I can only speak for myself.
But when I think about justice, this is what comes to mind.
I would want a perpetrator of sexual assault to have to learn about the roots of what they did. It’s not as simple is “Sexual assault is bad, don’t sexually assault people.” I would want them to understand rape culture. I would want them to understand all of the factors that might have contributed to their decision (because, yes, it was their decision) to sexually assault someone. I would want them to understand that their socialization has prepared them to become a person who sexually assaults people, but that this can be undone.
Ssshhh…..CDC believes restorative justice will bring peace in our time!
At Cotswold District Council the spotlight will focus on the role of Restorative Justice in resolving noise-related conflict. In other words, CDC officers will be informing the public how members of a community can come together and work out an agreed solution to a noise problem.
CDC Environmental Health Officer, Rachel Kayani, is a keen advocate of this approach:
LAUSD drops “willful defiance” suspensions for “restorative justice” approach
The Los Angeles Unified School District voted Tuesday to ban suspensions for “willful defiance,” a major shift from the previously instituted zero tolerance policy.
In a 5 to 2 vote, the board adopted the 2013 School Discipline Policy and School Climate Bill of Rights proposed by LAUSD board President Monica Garcia.
The problem with restorative justice
from the entry on Kwe Today:
....What I would like to write about is what I considered a major fundamental flaw of restorative justice. In particular, this type of justice is credited for being closely related to Aboriginal justice and sometimes the two are considered one in the same (which is one of the first problems).
Restorative justice gets boost with new spending
from the article on Radio New Zealand News:
The Government is to spend more on restorative justice conferences: $4 million of new spending over two years has been earmarked in the Budget.
The Government at present funds about 2000 restorative justice conferences each year at a cost of about $2.1 million.