The burglar who paid back
From the Restorative Justice Week 2013 materials from UK Ministry of Justice:
Jason Reed was sentenced to five years in prison after admitting to more than 50 unsolved burglaries. Shortly after, he expressed his wish to start afresh and make amends. He was asked if he would like to take part in Restorative Justice.
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.
Young offenders raise money for victims through Knowle allotment
from the article in the Bristol Post:
Young offenders in Bristol have been giving back to the community by raising funds for the Victim Support charity through selling home grown produce.
Many times when I talk to people about crime and justice, the discussion centres on “those offenders” needing to be punished because of what they have done. Even victims are “others” as some want to “protect” them, others want to blame them for what happened and yet other expect them to forgive and get over it. Very rarely do we talk about human beings who have been harmed by crime or who have committed crimes.
Leaders: Sensitive handling on restorative justice
from the article in the Scotsman:
Crime is personal. Any victim of an assault or a burglary can attest to that fact. Being on the receiving end of a crime can frequently leave the victim feeling personally violated. It can leave a strong residue of anger, and a powerful need for redress.
This is why a new measure introduced at the Scottish Parliament yesterday is an imaginative development in Scottish criminal justice, and one that will be welcomed by many campaigners.
Review: Civilising criminal justice: An international restorative justice agenda for penal reform
by Eric Assur
A diverse group of European and United Kingdom scholars have collaborated to produce a fine collection of eighteen chapters or articles regarding restorative justice in nations other than the United States. The book is international from cover to cover with an authorship reflecting far more of the world than North American readers may be familiar with. The editors are from the Netherlands and the United Kingdom. An Australian, himself a well-regarded leader in the Restorative Justice (R.J.) field, offers a thought provoking Forward. Most readers will probably agree that this international collection is a “fine start to a project of civilising criminal justice that will challenge our grandchildren.”
Oral language competence and restorative justice processes: Refining preparation and the measurement of conference outcomes
from the paper by Hennessey Hayes and Pamela Snow:
Restorative justice conferencing for young offenders is a legislated response to youth offending, which has been in place in all Australian states and territories for nearly two decades. Restorative justice conferences are meetings between young offenders, their victims and supporters to discuss the offence, its impact and what the young person can do to repair harms caused by the offending behaviour. There is now a substantial body of research that has examined the impact restorative justice processes have on participants (eg how young offenders and victims judge the process). Results are largely positive, showing that participants view restorative justice processes as fair and they are satisfied with outcomes. Given the highly conversational nature of restorative justice conferencing processes however, this paper reviews research on oral language competence and youth offending. It raises questions about the need to refine preparatory work with young offenders and victims, to better understand young offenders’ capacities to effectively communicate in conference processes. It suggests that improved preparation (where language impairments in young offenders are identified and addressed) will lead to better outcomes for young offenders and victims.
Chief Justice, DPP declare support for restorative justice programme
from the article in the Jamaica Observer:
Chief Justice Zalia McCalla, and Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP) Paula Llewellyn, have both declared their “unwavering” support for the restorative justice programme, both claiming that it can help to improve confidence in the justice system.
Restorative Justice listening . . . to bare witness
from the blog article by Kris Miner:
That is an intentional typo. I’m going to try to explain the kind of listening that works best in Restorative Justice Peacemaking Circles. Not listening to respond, not active listening so you can reframe and respond. The kind of listening that is free of judgement. Listening that could be called ‘bearing witness’ to another person. What does to bear witness mean?
Why a court case is not always the answer
from the article from the Spalding Guardian:
Spalding’s top policeman has explained the force’s use of cautions and offering restorative justice settlements to offenders rather than taking them to court.
Inspector Jim Tyner has come forward after Lincolnshire Police were criticised over a case in Spalding when Hayley Clayton was knocked unconscious in the street.