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DSW adopts new approach to loss prevention

from the article by Christine Kern in Integrated Solutions for Retailers:

DSW, Inc. has announced that it has signed an agreement with the Corrective Education Company (CEC), to incorporate the CEC Restorative Justice Education solution into its Loss Prevention program.

DSW Inc., headquartered in Columbus, Ohio, operates 431 stores in 42 states, the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico. DSW also supplies footwear to 370 leased locations in the United States under the Affiliated Business Group.

Dec 31, 2014 , , ,

Restorative justice may provide additional justice mechanism for victims of sexual crime, study shows

from the article on Physorg:

According to the findings of a recently published study, restorative justice could provide an additional justice mechanism for victims of sexual crime which can support the needs of victims, offenders, and their families, in the aftermath of sexual crime in Ireland.

The study entitled "Sexual Trauma and Abuse, Restorative and Transformative Possibilities?" based on 149 interviews with victims, offenders, judges and others, and a review of the global literature found that "all cohorts of participants are in favour of restorative justice in sexual violence cases as an additional justice mechanism for victims of sexual crime, as all participants recognise the considerable gaps that exist in current justice provision for victims of sexual crime in this state"....

Dec 30, 2014 , , ,

Dalhousie restorative justice response to Facebook comments questioned

from the article by Marieke Walsh in Global News:

Dalhousie University’s decision to use a restorative justice process in dealing with offensive Facebook comments have some people concerned that there won't be real consequences for the perpetrators.

The university says some of the female victims chose the informal approach which is one of two options under the school’s sexual harassment policy. The decision means that the victims, perpetrators, and the university will work together to look at the harm done by the sexually violent and abusive comments and what the appropriate consequences should be.

Dec 23, 2014 , , ,

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."

Dec 18, 2014 , , , , ,

Racist attack on bus: Offender's Youth Justice Conference

from the article by Lisa Robinson in The Sydney Morning Herald:

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.

Dec 16, 2014 , , ,

Crime victims: Make culprits work and give us 'neighbourhood justice panel'

from the article by Mark Williams in Hull Daily Mail:

....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.

Dec 15, 2014 , , , , ,

Offenders' testimonies difficult to absorb - but they offer critical insights

from the article by Dearbhail McDonald in the Independent:

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.

Dec 12, 2014 , , ,

How to settle the Pacetti affair — without politics

from the article by Steve Sullivan in iPolitics:

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.”

Dec 10, 2014 , , ,

Dealing with rape face to face

from the article by Ruth Krug in the Battle Creek Enquirer:

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.

Dec 08, 2014 , , , ,

Restorative justice and the rebirth of Chicago

From the article by Robert Koehler on Huffington Post:

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.

Dec 05, 2014 , ,

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