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Video Review: On the Road Together: Teen Driving
by Kate Strong
In conjunction with the St. Croix Valley Restorative Justice Program, a man and a family tell about their experiences with automobile crashes to try and help teens understand the impact that driving accidents have on everyone.
"On the Road Together: Teen Driving" explores the dangerous world of distracted driving in the hopes of reducing the rate of teenage accidents. The program presents two similar but divergent stories.
Jeff Geslin was driving in his hometown when he got distracted, ran a stop sign, and struck another car. As a result, both the other driver and Jeff's passenger and friend Adam died. A few weeks later, Jeff was charged with two counts of vehicular manslaughter.
Aug 27, 2009 Video Review
Video Review: The Amy Wall Story
By Kate Strong
When a drunk driver hit the car driven by seventeen year old Amy Wall, her family was plunged into grief. For Joe Avila, the man driving the car that killed Amy, the days following were filled with despair as he awaited the court proceedings. Yet, a meeting between Joe and Amy's family organised by the Victim-Offender Reconciliation Program out of Fresno, California, helped them both find the peace they so desperately needed.
This video, recorded at the 2009 Restorative Justice Conference held at Fresno Pacific University, allows Joe Avila and Derrick Wall tell their stories of the crime, meeting with each other, and healing.
Aug 10, 2009 Video Review
Video Review: An Introduction to Restorative Practices at Endeavour High School
by Kate Strong
This video describes the positive results of restorative practices implemented in a school with behavioral and performance problems in England.
Endeavour High School in Hull, England, had a very bad reputation in its community and the larger educational system. In addition, socioeconomic conditions made it difficult for students to participate positively in their school.
The administration decided the best way to address both problems was to institute restorative practices, citing that the traditional ways simply were not working. The community, students, and teachers were skeptical at first. But after eighteen months, the results have been very positive. There is a greater sense of community in the school, the students have learned how to build real relationships with each other, and overall behavior has improved.
Video Review: The Meaning of Life
by Kate Strong
Director: Hugh Brody. Face to Face Media in collaboration with the University of Fraser Valley, 2008.
Several inmates at an experimental prison in Canada relate the stories of their lives both in and out of prison, focusing particularly on what they think of the restorative justice practices modeled at the prison.
Kwixwekwelhp, a minimum-security prison in British Columbia, is unlike any other prison in Canada, and the inmates know it. Shots of a Vancouver winter, frozen and minimally abundant, counterpoint one man's sentiment that at this prison the only fence is one to keep the inmates from falling into the creek.
Correctional Services Canada partnered ten years ago with Chehalis, a local Aboriginal community, to implement traditional Aboriginal practices that focus on healing as an alternative to the retributively-minded general criminal system. These Aboriginal spiritual practices underlie the entire prison. No inmate needs to conform to Aboriginal spirituality but he does need to have respect for it. The inmates are allowed to go into Chehalis to form connections with people outside the prison, do community service, and participate in ritual ceremonies.
Aug 07, 2009 Video Review