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Giving time instead of doing time, offenders save the city $65,000

from Judy Lightfoot's article in

A 90-foot mural painted by Seattle Community Court defendants on a cement wall beside the Lake City Community Center was dedicated last Friday (Oct. 15). Now a gray expanse that had been a frequent target of graffiti has become a bright, stylized depiction of salmon rollicking in a stream past familiar Seattle city landmarks, cedar trees, and a winsome bear.

Nov 04, 2010 , ,

Axing the Youth Justice Board could be a bold step

from Rod Morgan's article on

For the past few months I have argued that a question mark should hang over the continued existence of the Youth Justice Board. There may yet be a downside to its abolition, announced in the quango cull. But I am not in mourning and doubt I will be....

What should be done? First, the Ministry of Justice (MoJ), Home Office and Department for Education should jointly ensure that there is more out-of-court diversion of young offenders accompanied by interventions of a supportive nature, based on the lessons of the Scottish children's hearings system.

Nov 03, 2010 , , ,

Taos mother’s love triumphs over tragedy

from Chandra Johnson's article in The Taos News: 

Four years after her death, Antonia Miera’s voice comes through her mother’s aging cell phone, dim but clear: “Hi, Mom. Call me when you get this.” Tammy Roybal-Gonzales has been holding onto that last voicemail from her 16-year-old daughter since a drunk-driving accident killed her in October 2006....

The man who killed Roybal- Gonzales’ daughter, 27-year-old Arturo Mondragón Jr., was released from prison in Los Lunas last month. And Roybal-Gonzales and her husband David are prepared to help Mondragón move on. Roybal-Gonzales and her husband David Gonzales credit a ground-breaking healing process called restorative justice for their ability to forgive Mondragón and welcome him back to Taos....

Nov 02, 2010

Social work and restorative justice

from Howard Zehr's entry on Restorative Justice Blog:

Social Work and Restorative Justice:  Skills for Dialogue, Peacemaking and Reconciliation, edited by Elizabeth Beck, Nancy P. Kropf and Pamela Blume-Leonard (Oxford University Press, 2011), is an important collection of essays on this subject. It will be of interest to both social work and restorative justice practitioners.  The following is the Afterward that Lorraine Stutzman Amstutz and I were invited to contribute:

The field that has come to be known as restorative justice was born in experiment and practice rather than theory; the term “restorative justice” and the conceptual framework came later. Although it did not directly emerge from the field of social work, restorative justice was born in a context and era much influenced by social work. It is appropriate, then, that the fields of restorative justice and social work are again converging, as the authors in this volume so convincingly argue....

Nov 01, 2010 , , ,

Restorative Justice: Rooted in Respect

Reviewed by Lynette Parker

Producer: Shawn Kramer Hunter
©2010 Mennonite Central Committee

In Restorative Justice: Rooted in Respect, restorative justice practitioners and writers discuss the values and applications of the concepts. The 26-minute video starts with the following definition of restorative justice.

“Restorative justice provides a framework and approach to ensure all people are treated with dignity and respect as we seek to live in community with one another.

“The approaches empower us to be responsible for our actions and provide ways of holding one another accountable as we live and work together.”


Oct 29, 2010 ,

Nominate a Public Official for the 2011 International Prize for Restorative Justice

The PFI Centre for Justice and Reconciliation has announced that it will award the fourth International Prize for Restorative Justice in June 2011. The $5,000 (US) award was first presented in 2003 to Howard Zehr for his individual leadership and influence in the field. The second recipients, in 2005, were Kim Workman and Jackie Katounas, for their work as practitioners and programme leaders in New Zealand. The third award was presented to Peace Foundation Melanesia (Bougainville) for its work in peacebuilding in Bougainville after ten years of civil war.

Restorative justice in victim services

In this six minute YouTube video, Wendy Cohen describes her decision to meet with the mother and brother of the young man that murdered her daughter in 2003. Cohen describes wanting the other mother to see who her son killed and how important she was to everyone. 

In describing the meeting, Cohen recounts the scepticism of both sides as the meeting began. She goes on to describe the asking of questions and sharing of tears. 

In describing restorative justice and its impact in her life, Cohen says the system needs to change to allow the process at all levels of offending. 

Oct 27, 2010 , ,

Mangakino awarded $30,000 after restorative justice process

From the article on Environment Waikato:

The Mangakino community is to receive $30,000 towards community projects from Taupo District Council (TDC) as part of a restorative justice ruling handed down last week by the Tokoroa District Court over illegal sewage dumping.

After a prosecution initiated by Environment Waikato, TDC pleaded guilty to illegally dumping sewage sludge at sites around the town in 2008. The discharges by TDC followed a series of problems with Mangakino’s sewage system.

EW consented to a restorative justice process that involved a meeting in Mangakino to work out how a suggested $27,000 fine could be put back into the local community.

Oct 26, 2010 , ,

Conference weighs options for systemic approach

From the article in the talking piece, newsletter of Partners in Restorative Initiatives:

Community leaders came together at the Next Steps Conference at City Hall on Saturday, September 18th [2010] to discuss how restorative practices are already affecting our community – and to explore avenues for expanding those practices in a systemic way. Close to 60 people participated in the conference, which was the final offering of the Restorative Rochester Week events.

Criminals, community work together on successful mural project

From the article by Casey McNerthney: 

Talking Friday about criminals he was asked to work with on a community mural, Lake City resident Chuck Dickey recalled his first reaction.

"I didn't want them here."

Nearly two years ago, the city proposed sending the offenders to the neighborhood as part of the Community Court program. Officials say 50 repeat, non-violent offenders were part of the recent effort -- mostly people convicted of prostitution, theft and criminal trespass. The program gives misdemeanor offenders the chance to get social services and work on projects designed to pay back the community.

Their work changed the minds of people like Dickey.

Oct 22, 2010 ,

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