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Restorative justice after mass violence: Opportunities and risks for children and youth
abstract from the UNICEF Innocenti Working Paper by Laura Stovel and Marta Valinas:
There is growing interest in the role that restorative justice can play in addressing mass atrocities. This paper describes the associated principles and practices within juvenile justice systems and in societies emerging from mass violence. It also examines the meaning, opportunities and limitations of restorative justice in transitional societies, particularly in relation to the needs of young victims and offenders.
Latinos engaged in restorative justice
Latinos are highly represented among the incarcerated population, but they are not just standing by while this happens. Their efforts to implement restorative justice to bring healing to their communities are being noticed and being supported by promoters in this field.
New law compensates 'cold case' victims
Rep. Renny Cushing said he saw one shortcoming in the bill signed into law last year establishing for the first time in the state's history a Cold Case Unit assigned to work exclusively on unsolved murder cases.
The Democratic state representative from Hampton said the bill didn't address the needs of surviving victims who may be traumatized by the reopening of an investigation into their loved ones death. That is why he sponsored a bill, which became law three weeks ago, that allows family of cold case homicides to be eligible for victim compensation regardless of the date of the crime.
Restorative justice, forgiveness, and victims of crime
....I follow Howard Zehr (2005, p. 47) in thinking about forgiveness, when he argued that
Forgiveness is letting go of the power the offense and the offender have over a person. It means no longer letting that offense and offender dominate. Without this experience of forgiveness, without this closure, the wound festers, the violation takes over our consciousness, our lives. It, and the offender, are in control. Real forgiveness, then, is an act of empowerment and healing. It allows one to move from victim to survivor.
A tale of two prisoners
The former death row inmate, Juan Roberto Melendez Colon, spoke Wednesday night to a packed room at the Yale Law School at a forum on the death penalty. The forum had been planned months in advance but happened to coincide with the death penalty phase of the most sensational trial in New Haven in recent memory.
Nov 10, 2010 Story
The limits of Colombia's demobilization programs
The security situation in Colombia has improved greatly over the last decade as the state has gained more control over the use of violence within its territory; both through combating illegal armed groups and by gaining wider legitimacy with the population.
However, there has been a resurgence of violence in recent months, for example in the city of Medellin. Some Colombians blame, at least in part, the failure of the country’s disarmament, demobilization and reintegration programs (DDR) for this new deterioration in security....
Are there, then, factors that make Colombia’s DDR programs unique, or would it suffice to state that accompanying a peace process with DDR is just difficult and bound to end in disappointment?
Retributivism and Restorative Justice
The afternoon panels at CELS also featured wonderful work. First I heard Dena Gromet and John Darley's paper Gut Reactions to Criminal Wrongdoing: The Role of Political ideology. In the paper, Gromet and Darley examine whether people's support for a retributive or restorative framework depends on reason considerations, or whether it is a gut reaction.
Prisoners should have right to vote says crime victim
from the BBC News article:
An east Lancashire woman who visited a man in jail after he had broken into her home, says prisoners should have the right to vote.
Margaret Foxley told the offender last year of how the laptop he stole included pictures of her daughter Jessica who had died in a crash.
Giving time instead of doing time, offenders save the city $65,000
A 90-foot mural painted by Seattle Community Court defendants on a cement wall beside the Lake City Community Center was dedicated last Friday (Oct. 15). Now a gray expanse that had been a frequent target of graffiti has become a bright, stylized depiction of salmon rollicking in a stream past familiar Seattle city landmarks, cedar trees, and a winsome bear.
Axing the Youth Justice Board could be a bold step
For the past few months I have argued that a question mark should hang over the continued existence of the Youth Justice Board. There may yet be a downside to its abolition, announced in the quango cull. But I am not in mourning and doubt I will be....
What should be done? First, the Ministry of Justice (MoJ), Home Office and Department for Education should jointly ensure that there is more out-of-court diversion of young offenders accompanied by interventions of a supportive nature, based on the lessons of the Scottish children's hearings system.