An alternative to suspension and expulsion: 'Circle up!'
from the story by Eric Westervelt on NPR:
Oakland Unified, one of California's largest districts, has been a national leader in expanding restorative justice. The district is one-third African-American and more than 70 percent low-income. The program was expanded after a federal civil rights agreement in 2012 to reduce school discipline inequity for African-American students.
At Edna Brewer Middle School, the fact that students are taking the lead — that so many want to be part of this effort — shows that it's starting to take root.
"Instead of throwing a punch, they're asking for a circle, they're backing off and asking to mediate it peacefully with words," says Ta-Biti Gibson, the school's restorative justice co-director. "And that's a great thing."
Racist attack on bus: Offender's Youth Justice Conference
A teenager involved in an anti-Semitic attack on a bus full of young Jewish students will visit the Sydney Jewish Museum as part of an agreed settlement with NSW police and the Jewish community.
The teenager attended a youth justice conference on Waverley Council Library on Tuesday, where he faced one of his victims and her family.
As well as touring the Sydney Jewish Museum, the youth will also enrol in a school harmony project run by the NSW Jewish Board of Deputies.
Crime victims: Make culprits work and give us 'neighbourhood justice panel'
....PC Andy White, neighbourhood police officer in Kirk Ella, often uses restorative justice and has praised its effectiveness.
He said: "I think it is really good, but it needs to be victim-led.
"It has to be used properly and for the right kind of low-level offence.
"I mainly use it for young people who are first-time offenders.
Offenders' testimonies difficult to absorb - but they offer critical insights
The voice of the victims who spoke to the UCD-led research study into restorative justice was harrowing. But it was fascinating to listen to the voices, one that is rarely heard, of sexual offenders themselves.
Some 23 offenders, including several jailed for life for grave sexual crimes, spoke of their experience of their crimes, the criminal justice system and the impact of their offending on their victims and their own families.
How to settle the Pacetti affair — without politics
The problem of Massimo Pacetti seems to be one with no obvious solution.
The Montreal MP was kicked out of the Liberal caucus by Justin Trudeau after an NDP MP came forward to accuse him of sexual misconduct. His accuser — like a lot of women in similar circumstances — has rejected going the justice system route. Parliament has no process in place to deal with such cases....
Mr. Pacetti's accuser has said that she doesn't want “vengeance … It is only a desire to be heard, a desire to have an apology, a desire, in the end, to heal.”
Dealing with rape face to face
More than a dozen women have now stepped forward alleging rape by iconic funnyman Bill Cosby, but few are likely to achieve some element of justice.
That's because they are clinging to the hopes that the criminal justice system will do what its name seems to imply: restore some sense of balance, or justice, after a crime has been committed.
Restorative justice and the rebirth of Chicago
This is the context in which restorative justice is emerging as a social force. This is not a government program. Elements of government are catching on and embracing RJ, but this is a social force as deeply grass-roots and fundamental as the civil rights movement.
It's a movement based on healing and connecting and, as such, shifts our way of thinking from dominating and punishing -- and thus creating -- "enemies" to respecting all people, listening to them and seeking solutions to conflict that satisfy everyone's needs.
At its core, RJ reclaims the tribal circle. We call it a peace circle: Every participant is equal and valued and safe to speak his or her truth in the peace circle. Amazing things can happen.
Oregon’s 'Forever Crimes' law hurts Black families
A law that was designed to keep students safe is having the opposite effect on some students—especially youth of color.
Oregon Statute 342.143 lists 69 crimes that disqualify you from working in an Oregon school. Anyone who has committed one of these “Forever Crimes” is barred from working with students forever. No matter how long ago the crime was committed, or how much good the person has done since, “Forever Crimes” never go away.
What’s more, Oregon school districts have extended the law to apply to volunteers. That means if you were convicted of selling drugs within 1000 feet of a school or sexting a picture of your girlfriend when you were a teenager, you can forget about volunteering in your daughter’s classroom or going on a field trip with your grandson....
Victims of sexual crime may confront their attacker
Victims of sexual crime who want to confront their perpetrators should be supported by the State in doing so, according to a new study on sexual abuse and restorative justice.
Restorative justice, which deals with victims and offenders by focusing on the harm arising from crime and resolving the underlying problems which caused it, has previously been ruled out for cases of sexual assault.
Parents of Chris Donovan, murdered in Ewell in 2001, back Restorative Justice Week
The parents of an 18-year-old murdered in the street have spent Restorative Justice Week telling school children how even the smallest decisions can have an enormous impact on people's lives.
Chris Donovan was beaten unconscious while walking home through Ewell with his brother Phil after a night out in 2001.