Three Ways Capoeira Upped My Organizing Game
from the blog article by Jeremy Lahoud:
Every organizer knows that awful moment, that slow stomach-churning realization that your campaign is about to hit a dead end.
I had that moment recently in the work I was doing with a coalition of local youth organizations fighting for Restorative Justice in public schools. Unlike harsh and ineffective “zero tolerance” policies, Restorative Justice programs create a way for those who have committed harm to dialogue with those who have been harmed, to understand what happened, agree on a remedy, and build relationships that reduce the possibility of future harm. Deep in our bones we wanted Restorative Justice and an end to the disciplinary policies that push out large numbers of African American, Latino, Southeast Asian, and Pacific Islander students every year.
A missing piece in the fight against bullying
from the article by Kevin Golembiewski on Bridge 50:
Although it has received significant media coverage over the past few years and nearly every state has passed anti-bullying legislation, bullying remains a pervasive problem in schools across the nation. Nearly one-third of U.S. students aged 12 to 18 are bullied each year, and stories of bullying victims committing suicide are becoming more and more common.
Iowa Kids: After a crime, a second chance
From the article by Sharyn Jackson on DesMOinesRestister.com:
The night before finals week of his junior year of high school, Alec Neumann wasn’t home studying, and he wasn’t at the church group meeting where he told his parents he would be.
Instead, he was sitting on a curb in Waukee, trying to process the fact that he’d just been apprehended for shoplifting.
Creating a non-violent juvenile justice system: Report 2013
from the report Patrick Geary:
Countries have a legal obligation to create and invest in non-violent juvenile justice systems. While these systems will inevitably reflect national contexts and ideas around the rule of law, there are certain identifiable elements that should be present across all jurisdictions. As set out below, these represent the building blocks of non-violent juvenile justice. Fundamentally, the rights and unique rehabilitative potential of children in conflict with the law demand special consideration, and justice systems must offer every child suspected or accused of an offence the full protections to which they are entitled.
Childs Hill School in Cricklewood handed restorative justice award
from the by Anna Slater:
A school has won an award for the unique way it deals with conflicts between children.
Childs Hill, in Dersingham Road, Cricklewood, is one of the first organisations in the country to be handed the Restorative Justice Council’s restorative quality service mark.
Transforming campus culture to prevent rape: The possibility and promise of restorative justice as a response to campus sexual violence
From the article by Alletta Brenner on The Harvard Journal of Law & Gender Blog:
Though feminists have long argued that rape is linked to sex discrimination, legal responses to rape tend to ignore the ways that social and cultural norms contribute to sexual violence. One exception, however, exists in the context of federal anti-discrimination law under Title IX, which applies to colleges and universities that receive federal funds. Under the legal framework established by Title IX, rape constitutes a form of severe sexual harassment, to which educational institutions are legally obligated to respond.An institution’s failure to do so is considered evidence of sex discrimination and may subject it to both federal penalties and civil liability. Recently, this obligation was further strengthened by the passage of legislation that codifies particular aspects of what campus grievance processes for rape survivors must include and requires schools to take affirmative steps to transform campus culture to prevent rape.
How Scandinavian prisons model a redemptive sense of punishment
from the article by Jonathan Kana on Think Christian:
Imagine a prison where housing facilities resemble weather-worn college dorms instead of cell blocks and where inmates are permitted to come and go for civilian work assignments or family visits under a strict curfew policy. Imagine a corrections model that prohibits officers from carrying weapons, but instead assigns them a central role in offender rehabilitation. Imagine a justice system whose policies are rarely subject to political whims, leaving expert criminologists to make decisions instead.
The Xingshi Hejie: Criminal Conciliation in Mainland China and in Taiwan
from the paper by Riccardo Berti:
When we say Xingshi Hejie (刑事和解), which could be translated as “victim offender reconciliation” (VOR), we are talking about a conciliatory practice that was only recently implemented in China's criminal legal system although, despite its recent appearance, it has very ancient roots.
It is founded, basically, on a choice that the person accused of minor criminal offenses makes to enable a conciliatory procedure, with the consent of the judge and the prosecutor, in order to obtain a less severe punishment at the end of the judicial process. It is a procedure that allows the victim to receive and promotes the offender’s repentance, in fact very often the rules of Xingshi Hejie emphasize the formal apology from the offender to the victim and society, or his acts expressing repentance and contrition.
A restorative way to minimize crime
from the article in the Capitol Hill Times:
After months of headlines about the recent street robberies on Capitol Hill, Andrea Brenneke of Compassionate Seattle is hoping to change how justice is viewed in Seattle’s East Precinct. Rather than turning to strictly punitive measures, Brenneke and the SPD are now beginning a pilot program of Mayor McGinn’s Restorative Justice Initiative in the precinct, which constitutes the Capitol Hill, First Hill, and Central District neighborhoods, and aims to combat crime by bridging the gap between offenders and victims.
Law expert says victims should have more power
from the article from Sunderland Echo:
Victims should be given more power in sentencing decisions, says a Durham legal expert.
Restorative justice should give victims the power to influence prison sentences, according to Dr Thom Brooks, from Durham Law School at Durham University.
He also suggests the current process does not go far enough in improving public confidence and saving taxpayers’ money.