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Conference Explores Creating Restorative Localities
On 15 July, the Restorative Justice Consortium hosted a one-day conference called Becoming a Restorative County/ Local Authority exploring how a locality can become fully restorative. Conference plenary sessions and workshops presented the experiences of various groups developing holistic approaches to implementing restorative practices.
Theory of trouble
by Dan Van Ness
The very interesting website Restorative Resources has this great quote from the organization's director:
"If, by the time a student has graduated high school, they have not gotten into significant trouble at least three times and found a positive way to resolve it each time, I suggest that their education is incomplete."
As the father of a recent high school graduate, I'm not sure that I would have wished for my son to get into significant trouble three out of the four years he was there, but I get Clifford's point.
New graphic novel on restorative practices in school
Bully is Life Skoolz’s first graphic novel. The book is designed to teach relationship building skills and restorative practice rituals to Middle School aged children. It will be complete later this month and available for purchase by the middle of September.
Personality and restorative justice
There is a balance that is needed between restorative justice and the traditional court system. I would say that ever professional in the traditional setting needs to have a restorative mindset. They could all model those we have working in Gunnison County. Personality and personal connections are life.
Offering Hope, Encouraging Change
By Lynette Parker
"A place where human potential is squashed." As I read this quote from someone working in prison ministry in Estonia, I couldn't help but contrast it with a statement made by an offender after a restorative conference, "I was happy because I think they really believe I can change."
I thought this was the highest form of compliment for the process and those who participated. When I shared the comment with a colleague, I said, "Sometimes that is all a person needs, the knowledge that someone else thinks he can do the right thing."
What is a justice circle and why should I be interested?
A Justice Circle is a one time gathering of all people affected by a particular incident of youth crime. The goal of a Circle is to allow people who have been directly involved in an incident to decide together what the outcome should be. Based in the philosophy of Restorative Justice, the focus is on offender accountability, problem solving and creating an equal voice for victim and offender.