Brick attack boys come face-to-face with victim
from the article in Worcester News:
Boys who threw bricks at passing cars in Worcester have met face-to-face with the lorry driver they almost killed.
The “remorseful” primary school children, one aged 11, the other 12, met with the driver accompanied by their parents following the potentially deadly brick attack on the A4440 Crookbarrow Way in Worcester.
Oral language competence and restorative justice processes: Refining preparation and the measurement of conference outcomes
from the paper by Hennessey Hayes and Pamela Snow:
Restorative justice conferencing for young offenders is a legislated response to youth offending, which has been in place in all Australian states and territories for nearly two decades. Restorative justice conferences are meetings between young offenders, their victims and supporters to discuss the offence, its impact and what the young person can do to repair harms caused by the offending behaviour. There is now a substantial body of research that has examined the impact restorative justice processes have on participants (eg how young offenders and victims judge the process). Results are largely positive, showing that participants view restorative justice processes as fair and they are satisfied with outcomes. Given the highly conversational nature of restorative justice conferencing processes however, this paper reviews research on oral language competence and youth offending. It raises questions about the need to refine preparatory work with young offenders and victims, to better understand young offenders’ capacities to effectively communicate in conference processes. It suggests that improved preparation (where language impairments in young offenders are identified and addressed) will lead to better outcomes for young offenders and victims.
Iowa Kids: After a crime, a second chance
From the article by Sharyn Jackson on DesMOinesRestister.com:
The night before finals week of his junior year of high school, Alec Neumann wasn’t home studying, and he wasn’t at the church group meeting where he told his parents he would be.
Instead, he was sitting on a curb in Waukee, trying to process the fact that he’d just been apprehended for shoplifting.
Creating a non-violent juvenile justice system: Report 2013
from the report Patrick Geary:
Countries have a legal obligation to create and invest in non-violent juvenile justice systems. While these systems will inevitably reflect national contexts and ideas around the rule of law, there are certain identifiable elements that should be present across all jurisdictions. As set out below, these represent the building blocks of non-violent juvenile justice. Fundamentally, the rights and unique rehabilitative potential of children in conflict with the law demand special consideration, and justice systems must offer every child suspected or accused of an offence the full protections to which they are entitled.
Huge drop in restraint attributed to restorative justice
from the article by Neil Puffett in Children & Young People Now:
A secure children’s home in Devon has been recognised for its successful use of restorative justice after restraint incidents fell by nearly 90 per cent.
A voice for the future of juvenile justice in Asia Pacific.
from the report written by Alice McGrath and published by International Juvenile Justice Observatory:
...The report sheds light on crucial areas of juvenile justice and leading practices in this regard, including prevention, diversion, restorative justice, improving conditions of detention and promoting social reintegration. The United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) welcomes the efforts of APCJJ to promote the implementation and application of diversionary measures and restorative justice programmes for children in the Asia-Pacific region. This report serves as an excellent basis for future juvenile justice reform endeavors in the Asia-Pacific region. It will help to find innovative responses to protect children in conflict with the law from harm and strengthen juvenile justice systems in the region.
South Africa: Judging Ubuntu and Africanisation of the Child Justice Act
from the article by Khunou Samuel Freddy on All Africa.com:
The attention for the child justice system in the new South Africa has not only been inspired by the new constitution-based rights of children in conflict with the law, but also international law and the general principles of ubuntu and jurisprudence of African traditional justice.
In compliance with the precepts of international law and the 1996 Constitution, the national parliament promulgated the Child Justice Act 75 of 2008 (CJA) to establish a criminal justice system for children.
The CJA also expands on and entrenches the principles of restorative justice. Previously in South Africa, the Children's Protection Act 25 of 1913 (CJ) was the embodiment of the trend towards child justice. This act permitted the presiding officer to decline to continue with a criminal trial against a child and to then commit the child to a government industrial school.
Book review: Rights & Restoration within Youth Justice
From the review by Juhah Oudshoorn:
If policymakers have the objective of bettering justice responses for young people, then Theo Gavrielides‟ (2012) edited volume, Rights & Restoration within Youth Justice is a must read. It makes an important contribution to youth justice. 1) It bridges a growing divide between evidence-based research and practice; 2) It promotes a participatory framework for doing democracy that necessitates youth voice; 3) It allows for complex issues – serious crimes, like domestic violence – to be responded to in complex – imaginative yet careful – ways. Gavrielides does all this by judiciously connecting the disciplines of restorative justice and human rights. The key question of the book is: how can these two fields work collaboratively to accomplish the above goal? Contributors are a blend of scholars, policymakers, and practitioners.
This book review will do two things. One, it will give a brief synopsis of the textual themes. Two, it will highlight how this book can better justice for youth: namely, in the area of policy.
Six boys, one cop, and the road to restorative justice
from the article by Molly Rowan Leach:
It’s a warm summer night in Longmont, Colorado, a vibrant midsized city in the Rocky Mountains. On a dare, six young men aged between ten and thirteen years plan to break into a giant chemical processing plant. High levels of alcohol and testosterone, peer pressure and a moonless night propel the group towards the locked gates of the factory, and they break in.
Across town at the Police Department, Officer Greg Ruprecht is about to embark on night patrol. A former Army Captain and top of his class at the Police Academy, Ruprecht believes his job is to arrest everyone who commits a crime and throw away the key. Justice means punishment: an eye for an eye, no questions asked. You do something bad and you get what you deserve. There’s a clear line to walk. But what occurred at the chemical plant that night changed him forever by awakening a very different sensibility: instead of an instrument of vengeance, justice requires that we work to restore all those who have been injured by a crime.
Approaching juvenile crime head on
From the article by Leila day:
When people get into trouble with the law, they normally don’t have a chance to have a conversation with their victims. To explain what happened. Hear about the damage they caused. Say they’re sorry. But there’s a growing trend to try and make that happen, so both parties can move on.
Restorative Justice brings together the accused, the victim, supportive parties, and authorities. All at the same table in a safe space. It’s an old idea and it’s international. In fact, in New Zealand, where it was originally used by indigenous Maoris, it's a mandatory part of the criminal justice system. Here, in the U.S, these community conferences are increasingly being used in prisons, schools and as an alternative to juvenile detention.