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Restorative justice and child sex offences: The theory and the practice.
This article has sought to highlight the limitations associated with using restorative justice for child sex offences. The major concern is that restorative justice will be unable to defuse the power relationship between victim and offender and will re-traumatize victims compared with recent criminal justice reforms that are designed to ensure that vulnerable victims do not have face-to-face contact with offenders.
Howard Zehr on Partial Justice
Increasingly for me, what is most important about restorative justice is the framework it provides: the values and principles around which we can fashion our responses to wrongdoing. Sometimes all of the elements of restorative justice are possible. In real life, however, justice may have to be approximate. In other words, restorative responses and practices fall on a continuum of “restorativeness.”
Book Review: Youth Justice in Practice, Making a Difference
Eric Assur reviews the book Youth Justice in Practice, Making a Difference which discusses several issues related to juvenile justice including the implementation of restorative justice.
Speaking to Scepticism
In mid-May, I taught one module in a Restorative Justice Diploma course organised by Prison Fellowship of Bolivia and the Universidad Publica de El Alto. Course participants included public servants, members of the military, social workers, and others working in the prison setting. As I talked about the implementation and practice of restorative practices, several students raised questions and concerns about such work.
Jun 05, 2009 Correspondent:Lynette Parker
New Child Justice Act in South Africa
After six years of debate and reworking, the Child Justice Bill was signed into law by South African president Kgalema Motlanthe on 11 May 2009. In an effort to both humanize the juvenile justice system and to protect the rights of children in conflict with the law, the new legislation raises the minimum age of child offenders and provides for several diversion options.
General guidelines when promoting Restorative Justice.
From Kris Miner's blog Restorative Justice and Circles: I went on to give a few brief statements. I always keep it short, look for responses and reactions. I mentioned the view of crime and conflict as harm. I said bringing people together who were directly impacted, that includes community, results in healing and accountability. I said it’s broad from elementary schools to prisons. A shift in preventing and responding to problems. She said her husband would say it’s crap.
Improving School Climate: Findings from Schools Implementing Restorative Practices
From the International Institute for Restorative Practices e-Forum: The International Institute for Restorative Practices has compiled a 36-page booklet of findings from schools in the United States, England and Canada that are implementing restorative practices.
Lisa Rea: Restorative Justice: Restoring Victims and Communities.
From the article by Lisa Rea and Theo Gavrielides: Victims-driven restorative justice is built on the premise that an offender needs to see the direct impact that his crime had on his victim and on the community, and should be given the opportunity to make amends and seek to provide a form of reparation to those he injured. Through the voluntary participation of both the victim and the offender engaged in an honest and constructive dialogue (i.e. mediation, family group conferencing, circles, etc.) facilitated by trained professionals, the participants benefit from the information exchange.
Kim Workman: Communities of Restoration – Thinking Biblically, Speaking Secularly
For more than five years, Prison Fellowship New Zealand has run a 60 bed faith based unit at Rimutaka Prison, near Wellington. He Korowai Whakapono (HWK) is a 60 bed unit based at run in a partnership agreement between Prison Fellowship NZ (who provide the programmes staff, programmes and volunteers), and the Department of Corrections, (who provide the facilities and custodial staff.) It is a Christ-centred, transformational approach, based on a programme of spiritual teaching and prayer, with an emphasis on mutual accountability, and positive social engagement. Prisoners serving their last two years of a sentence can volunteer for the programme, which lasts around 18 months. Eight months before release, prisoners are matched with a mentor who will prepare them for release, and continue to mentor them for up to two years following release.
Dan Van Ness: Do it now, the paradigm shift
In 1988 I worked for Justice Fellowship, the justice reform arm of Prison Fellowship in the US. At the time there were annual staff conferences and one of the events was a talent night. So those of us at JF decided that we would present a rap called The Paradigm Shift to help the entire PF staff understand this thing called restorative justice.