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Prison Week's 2009 theme announced: Hold fast to hope
Prisoners' Week began in England and Wales in 1975. The Prisoners’ Week Committee, consisting of Prison Chaplains and other Christians involved in work with prisoners and their families, was formed to encourage prayer within churches and the wider Christian community for he needs of prisoners. This they did by producing each year a prayer and information leaflet for use on the third Sunday in November, designated Prisoners’ Sunday, with the week observed until the following Saturday. It had its beginnings as a Roman Catholic initiative by Bishop Victor Guazzelli, but quickly gained ecumenical support and became an ecumenical observance, receiving the patronage of the Archbishop of Canterbury, the Archbishop of Westminster and the Moderator of the Free Churches Group.
In 1995, seeking to focus attention not only on the needs of prisoners but on all those involved the field of prison care -- prisoners' families, victims of crime, prison staff and many volunteers -- the week became known as Prisons Week, and the committee known as the Prisons Week Committee.
Looking to the future: Justice and reconciliation in Cambodia
As my plane touched down in Cambodia almost a month ago, I was prepared to witness the detrimental affects that genocide had on the country. Two weeks of classes prior to my arrival made me expect the worst. Ready to walk into Cambodia circa 1979, I imagined Phnom Penh as I had seen it in pictures; a desolate city with blank, desperate expressions upon the faces of all of its war weary inhabitants, bodies lying on the side of the road, bomb shells littering the countryside. To my surprise, Phnom Penh was a noisy, bustling city packed with people and motorcycles speeding by. The people on those motorcycles mostly looked happy, with their families and loved ones enjoying an evening ride. Although poverty is all around, the city seems to overcome this with the bustling activity of its inhabitants and the fixed smiles painted on their faces. I realized that I was no longer in a country enveloped in a culture of fear and constant war; it was clear to me that a new dawn was rising in Cambodia, and that the youthful and motivated population were ready to pick up the pieces of its shattered past.
PC Martin Hudd: An ideal job for restorative justice
'And so I suppose he will just get away with it?'
This was the accusation levelled at me last week when I attended an address in relation to a nuisance incident whereby a 13-year-old lad had kicked his football into a neighbouring garden causing it to damage a piece of panel fencing.
This wasn't the first time the ball had gone into neighbouring properties and the lad had been spoken to on previous occasions by residents about this type of behaviour and so on this occasion the complainant had decided to contact their local neighbourhood policing team in an attempt to sort out the problem.
On arrival at the address it was clear that the complainants had come to the end of their tether and required a solution. I allowed them to vent their frustrations and once this had been done it soon became clear that the complainants didn't think the lad was "a bad un" and certainly didn't want to see him carted off down to the police station or put into stocks, they just wanted a little bit of redress and to make the lad realise the implications of his actions.
Vandals pick a good way to say sorry
Three teenagers who caused damage at a Buxton playground have carried out a litter pick to compensate for their actions.
The 15-year-old boys committed the damage last month when they pulled a plank of wood from the side of a slide at the Bench Road park and used it as a bench on the swings.
Aug 28, 2009 Story
Justice and an ethic of care
[Bloggingheads.tv] recently hosted an interesting discussion between two psychologists—Michael McCullough and Dacher Keltner–on the evolutionary role of revenge and its place in contemporary society.
The whole discussion is worth listening to but about 28 minutes into the videocast they discuss the idea of restorative justice, which takes repairing relationships to be central to the idea of justice. Repairing relationships is the main feature of an ethics of care as well, and it seems to me this is where an ethic of care is able to fill out our notion of justice.
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
Sharp fall in number of violent pupils expelled or suspended in Glasgow
article by Andrew Denholm in HeraldScotland.com:
The number of cases where violent or abusive pupils have been suspended or expelled from state-run secondary schools in Scotland’s largest local authority has plummeted in the past year to its lowest-ever level, The Herald can reveal.
Dangers of the big tent
In making the case for restorative justice, Erik Luna invokes the familiar narrative of a pathological American criminal justice system—political demagogues pushing ever tougher sentencing policies on an uninformed public, resulting in wildly escalating prisons populations and fiscal burdens—and asserts that restorative justice cannot possibly do any worse. Indeed, he suggests, restorative justice may bring about a change in heart among the demagogues: the theory and principles of restorative justice may force policymakers “to reevaluate their own intellectual commitments and the merits of their chosen sentencing methodologies.
Exploring restorative justice response to hate crimes against Sikhs
from Sheebah Singh's blog:
'Diaper head,' 'terrorist,' 'taliban,' 'towel-head' are some of the few names which have been in increased use since 9/11 against those believed to be Muslims or members of the Taliban in the United States as well as in Canada. Although not all, some of the victims in such cases are normally not members of any terrorist group but a part of the Sikh faith which emerges from India with no intention of 'bombing' anything or place- brining no harm to anyone despite the hate crimes being inflicted on the group itself. Through widespread portrayal of the turbaned man as the terrorist or Muslims as the Taliban, various groups who conform to a similar identity (i.e. especially Sikhs) have been attempting to face such hate crimes and misunderstandings in the name of terrorism since 9/11. This paper will attempt to approach the hate crimes which have been inflicted particularly on the Sikh community since the attack on the World Trade Centre, 2001, through a restorative means to seek for answers in order to deal with the victims of attack in addition to the larger community.
Aug 26, 2009 Case:Hate Crime
Restorative justice and sex offender laws
The latest issue of The Economist features an article entitled "America's unjust sex laws," about the collateral consequences of sex offenses - lifelong offender registration, residence restrictions, high rates of unemployment due to social stigma, harassment from neighbors, and the list goes on.
Aug 25, 2009 Case:Sexual