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.
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.
I am sorry for breaking into your house
Editor's note: This letter was written as part of the Marathon County Restorative Justice Program, which connects juvenile and young adult offenders with crime victims. Victims work with the offender to resolve the issue and determine restitution.
Though this letter is published here anonymously, the identities of both J and Mr. M. were verified by Carrie Vergin, executive director of the Restorative Justice Program.