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Parents of Chris Donovan, murdered in Ewell in 2001, back Restorative Justice Week

from the article by Chris Caulfield in the Surrey Comet:

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.

Nov 21, 2014 , , ,

Philly to host first-ever ‘My Brother’s Keeper’ youth hackathon next week

from the article by Juliana Reyes in Technical.ly Philly:

Minority youth will become civic hackers at the first “My Brother’s Keeper” hackathon next week.

It’s a response to President Obama’s call to action for organizations to help black boys succeed. Though the hackathon is geared toward boys, girls are also welcome. Participants will build apps around “education, wellness, restorative justice, food, sustainability and masculinity,” according to a release.

Nov 13, 2014 , , , ,

Prison for teen who lit "agender" youth's skirt on fire thwarts healing

from the article by Sue Burrell on HuffPost:

The news of Richard Thomas' seven-year prison sentence raises fresh questions about how the justice system intervenes in dangerous, but clearly adolescent behavior. Richard, age 16, was prosecuted in a California adult court after setting on fire the skirt of 18-year-old "Sasha" Fleischman, who was asleep on a local bus. Sasha identifies as "agender" meaning neither male nor female. Three days after the incident, the Alameda County District Attorney's Office charged Richard as an adult, alleging assault and aggravated mayhem as hate crimes. The charging decision completely bypassed the juvenile court system....

Oct 23, 2014 , , ,

Peace room trumps suspensions at Lincoln Park High School

from the article by Paul Biasco on DNAinfo Chicago:

During his seven years as assistant principal at Kenwood Academy, Michael Boraz learned to believe that punitive justice was the way to a disciplined and well-oiled school.

The idea of a "peace circle" to handle problems rather than a five-day suspension or even a transfer was almost laughable to him.

Oct 22, 2014 , , ,

Merced County high schools see the benefits of restorative justice discipline model

from the article by Ana B. Ibarra in the Merced Sun Star:

High school officials in Merced County are taking a new approach at improving discipline policies on campuses, and that approach is showing a significant improvement in student participation and wellness, according to a new report.

Restorative justice policies, which focus on non-adversarial and dialogue-based decisionmaking, are proving to be more effective than zero-tolerance practices, school officials said during a presentation last week.

Oct 10, 2014 , , ,

Success of sex abuse treatment highlighted

from the article by Cormac O'Keeffe in Irish Examiner:

Only four out of 114 sex offenders who underwent treatment at a specialist abuse organisation have re-offended....

Maeve Lewis, executive director, said the voluntary- body was one of only two community-based sex offender programmes in the country. She said there should be one in “every single county”, as long as they were run by appropriately skilled and qualified staff.

Speaking at the launch of the body’s 2013 annual report, Ms Lewis said restorative justice programmes — involving both offender and victim — offered a possible way forward.

Oct 07, 2014 , , ,

Restoring justice: Sonoma County and beyond

from the article by John Beck in Sonomoa County Gazette:

Last summer, when the Santa Rosa City Schools District was looking for a way to curb the fourth highest rate of suspensions in the state, it turned to restorative justice as the solution.

“We were almost an outlier,” said Jen Klose, Santa City Schools board member. “We had truly become zero tolerance.”

Searching for a new paradigm for discipline, Santa Rosa City Schools board president Bill Carle said, “We started focusing on how do we do this in a different way, and that’s when we found restorative justice.”

Oct 06, 2014 , , , , ,

Interview with Jon Collins, Restorative Justice Council CEO

from the Restorative Justice Council website:

“While there’s quite a lot of support for restorative justice now within the criminal justice context, I think that there’s work to do at the national level in other sectors - for example, in education, in care homes, in other areas where people come into conflict - to make sure that restorative practices can be rolled out across all those areas.”

Sep 10, 2014 , , ,

Protective Behaviours: A new approach to being safe

from the blog entry by Liz Bates on Health Education Service:

There is a difference between telling children and young people what is a dangerous situation or dangerous behaviour, and helping them to recognise for them selves what it means to feel safe or unsafe.

Sep 05, 2014 ,

Does ‘restorative justice’ in campus sexual assault cases make sense?

from the article by Meg Mott in the Washington Post:

It makes sense that victim advocates put personal safety above all other considerations. They meet her when she is most distraught. But that particular emotional reality, while very big, is not necessarily permanent. In cases of acquaintance rape, the urge to be protected from the offender often competes with the equally strong urge to be heard.

Sep 04, 2014 , , ,

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