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Restorative Justice Bill Introduced in Massachusetts

From the article by Pierre R. Berastain on Huff Post Crime:

The first victim-offender dialogue in Massachusetts occurred in 2006, when Janet Connors met with two of the men who had murdered her son Joel. Until that point, the State had not allowed victims of crime to meet with those who had caused them harm. For Ms. Connors, that day marked the beginning of a transformative and restorative journey toward reconstituting the fragments in the aftermath of Joel's murder. As she indicated to me in conversation, "Sitting it in that dialogue helped me feel that Joel's life matter and the taking of it mattered. It also very much helped hear them acknowledge their accountability and ultimately apologize. I felt that was coming from their heart." Ms. Connors told the men she would give them "half of her forgiveness." The other half came with their commitment to lead different lives.

Aug 16, 2013 , ,

Restorative justice is on the rise

From the article by Molly Rowan Leach at Huff Post Crime:

Restorative Justice is on the rise exponentially in the United States. As millions continue to experience and witness a collective 'justice' that is tainted by racial discrimination, by billions in profit, by the warehousing of our meek, a school-to-prison pipeline and by the practices of expecting punishment and isolation for all involved when crime occurs to actually function as rehabilitative, there is a form in the air, in the political, in the grassroots, in the hearts of the people, that offers a viable life-ring out of this deluge.

Jul 30, 2013 , ,

Review: Regulating restorative justice: A comparative study of legislative provision in European countries

Regulating restorative justice: A comparative study of legislative provision in European countries. David Miers and Ivo Aertsen, eds. Frankfurt am Main: Verlag für Polizeiwissenschaft, 2012. 548 pages. 
Reviewed by Martin Wright

Many European countries have taken at least some steps towards incorporating restorative justice in their system, and this book assess how far some of them have gone in formalizing their progress in legislation. The countries represented are Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Finland, France, Germany, Hungary, Poland, Romania, Slovenia, Spain, the United Kingdom, and two neighbours, Israel and Turkey. 

Each chapter, after two introductory ones, follows a template giving a legal description and evaluation of restorative processes, and the political and legal understanding of victim-offender mediation and restorative justice. The list of nearly 40 subdivisions, combined with the analysis in the concluding chapter, are in themselves a useful outline of factors that need to be considered by anyone planning to introduce restorative justice or indeed to improve on measures already introduced. There is something to learn from most countries about how to introduce RJ, or in some cases how not to. 

Mar 12, 2013 , , , ,

Review: Crime, Punishment, and Restorative Justice: From the Margins to the Mainstream.

Crime, Punishment, and Restorative Justice: From the Margins to the Mainstream. Ross London (2011). First Forum Press.

by Eric Assur

This is a unique and thought-provoking book from cover to cover. It is not a review of the brief history of restorative justice (RJ). Rather, it is a projection of just where RJ can take the discipline of criminal justice administration and practice. The author, not your usual academic, dissuades the reader from even using the word paradigm in discussing his ideas. He proposes and supports an integration of contemporary criminal justice approaches with restorative justice elements. 

Mar 01, 2013 , , , , , ,

Restoration period

from the article by Chet Hardin in the Colorado Springs Independent:

The author of Colorado's restorative justice program is going back for a rewrite.

First elected in 2010, state Rep. Pete Lee came to the Legislature at a disadvantage, as a Democrat in a Republican-controlled House. Despite this, his bill to institute restorative justice statewide — a practice in which an offender and his or her victim meet for therapeutic purposes — passed unanimously.

While that was a highlight for the freshman representative, Republican House Minority Leader Mark Waller says the bill passed only because of Republicans' willingness to compromise.

Jan 10, 2013 , , ,

How to respond to violent crime? Ask the victims of crime

from the article by Lisa Rea on Restorative Justice International:

RJI will be exploring various legislative responses to violent crime in the U.S. and beyond. We will highlight in particular public policy recommendations that reflect responses based on restorative justice. At this time we are posting the following statute which came from legislation authored by crime victim and survivor Robert “Renny” Cushing who was elected and this year re-elected to the New Hampshire Legislature.

Dec 27, 2012 , , , ,

Legislation introducing restorative justice for victims of adult offenders in England and Wales announced

from Lizzie Nelson:

New legislation for restorative justice with adult offenders and their victims will be introduced through an amendment to the Crime and Courts Bill.

The new clauses will allow the Courts to defer at the pre-sentence stage in order for the victim and offender to be offered restorative justice at the earliest opportunity. This comes as part of the Government’s response to the Punishment and Reform; effective community sentences consultation, published today.

Oct 24, 2012 , , , , , , ,

Victim/offender mediation in Turkey

from the post by Janine P. Geske on Marquette University Law School Faculty Blog:

After a delegation of members of the Turkish Parliament visited Marquette Law School last month, I had the privilege of traveling to Istanbul to moderate a victim/offender mediation conference for two hundred fifty Turkish prosecutors and judges. There were fourteen of us restorative justice “experts” from ten different countries who were there for three days to talk to the ballroom full of lawyers, who wanted to learn how to best implement Turkey’s already enacted victim/offender mediation process during criminal prosecutions.  It was a fabulous experience.

Apr 23, 2012 , , ,

House of Lords debate on restorative justice

from Why Me?

On 20th March 2012 and in the House of Lords, the Government rejected the third and probably final attempt “To add restorative justice to the statutory purposes of sentencing” within the Legal Aid and Sentencing of Offenders Bill.

Apr 13, 2012 , , ,

Transitional justice law last resort for ending Yemen's conflict

from the article by Ahmed Dawood in the Yemen Times:

Political parties and civil society organizations in Yemen are now engaging in heated debates on the draft Transitional Justice Law presented by the Ministry of Legal Affairs earlier this month.

....The main purpose of this law, according to Al-Mikhlafi, is to end conflict between Yemenis by compensating the victims of local crises from 1994 until 2012, while maintaining the immunity clause included in the Gulf Initiative signed by parties of the current government.

Apr 02, 2012 , , ,

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