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Keeping it real restorative justice: 5 criteria for a solid program

from Kris Miner's entry on Restorative Justice and Circles:

....So, 5 criteria for you in creating a truly restorative justice program.

1. Define your criteria.  Restorative justice is yes, a philosophical approach, YET specific processes are how we do Restorative Justice.... [G]et criteria for your Circle or conference.  I recently saw a Circle demonstration and there was no open, no close, the talking piece was used as a way to take turns asking questions.  There was no preparation put into the people attending.  Have criteria, stick to those criteria....

Jun 15, 2010 , ,

Creating rules or creating values, the difference in a restorative classroom

from Kris Miner's post on Restorative Justice and Circles:

....Rules can be what student do when the teacher is watching.  Values are ways of behaving, knowing what we should be doing, versus behaving in a way we want to, or even have to.  You’ve got to put the motivation for behavior on the INSIDE.  You need a shared concept of community in a classroom.  INSIDE that little community is shared concepts of treating each other.  INSIDE those little people in the class, you instill the values for behavior.

Jun 04, 2010 , ,

Highbridge park shooting resolved with 'restorative justice'


The teenager accused of shooting a boy in the face with a BB gun in a Highbridge park last weekend has been dealt with by means of restorative justice, police said on Thursday (May 27th).

The youngster was called into Burnham police station where he met his 10 year-old victim to discuss Saturday's incident in Apex Park near Mallard Place, which was exclusively first reported on here.

Jun 02, 2010 , , , , ,

Restorative justice in schools

a presentation of RSA lectures:

A group of experts look at restorative justice, a practice which brings together the victims and the perpetrators of conflict in order to find an agreed resolution.

Jun 01, 2010 , , ,

Who knew you could gain staff and lose ground, two crucial time management tips!

from Kris Miner's entry on Restorative Justice and Circles:

I’ve had more staff around me in the last 3 months, than the last 3 years!  I worked solo (with the help of MANY great volunteers) or had one other person employed at SCVRJP.  The last few months have included 2 staff and an intern.  Great dedicated helpful people.

Yet I feel like I have lost my footing, the ground under me has slid away.  I’m disorganized, missing appointments, finishing tasks just under the wire.  WHAT?  From the woman who was running the entire show!?  It’s not like I haven’t delegated, believe me I’ve delegated.  One of my coworkers pointed out she can’t complete certain project, because of the assignments I add-on each day.

Realize that despite your skills, connections, talents and abilities, if you fail at managing your tasks or your time, you can fail in general.

May 18, 2010 , ,

The fun in social justice

from Isabella Mori's entry on change therapy:

once again, northern voice, vancouver’s annual blogging and social media conference, was a lot of fun. two inspiring sessions were about making a difference in the world: one about doing good by darren barefoot, and another about social media and social justice by ajay masala puri and jeremy osborn. the one about social justice, which took place outside in the grass on a beautiful sunny afternoon, challenged all participants to commit to doing one thing towards social justice. i was thinking about a possible commitment it occurred to me that while i do dedicate a good of amount of my time and some of my money to social justice, there are moments when the term seems a bit heavy, maybe a little too serious. that’s how i came up with the commitment of looking at the fun side of social justice. fun is important for me; fun sustains me. it makes sense, then, to invest something in the fun side of this – it’ll keep my interest in social justice going! so here are a few thoughts on the fun part of social justice.

May 17, 2010 , ,

Local program helps youth offenders repair harm done in communities

from Alex Holmquist's article in

The Seward Longfellow Restorative Justice Partnership offers first-time youth offenders an alternative to going to court through participation in a restorative conference.

The program accepts youth ages 10 or older who live or commit a crime in the 55406 zip code. Their typical crimes include trespassing, graffiti, shoplifting and fifth-degree assaults.

May 13, 2010 , , , ,

Equity leaders learn how to take restorative justice beyond the circle

from Rob Faulkner's article on Media@HWDSB:

When the term “restorative justice” is used in education circles, many educators will think of, well, circles. The best-known tool associated with the RJ approach is likely the blame-free, multi-party conversation in the round that lets the person who caused harm and the person harmed find a solution.

But it’s certainly not the only way to use RJ.

May 07, 2010 , , , , ,

Being a trustworthy person and a trustworthy non-profit.

from Kris Miner's article on Restorative Justice and Circles:

I was listening to MN Public radio and caught a quick statement about trust.  One of the guest speakers said that trust depended on two things, if the agency or the person was 1.) well-intended  and 2.) competent about the matter at hand.

May 06, 2010 , , , ,

Best Practice Guidance for Restorative Justice Practitioners and their Case Supervisors and Line Managers (Scotland)

from the Introduction:

The primary aim of restorative justice is to address or repair the harm caused by an incident or offence. The processes used to achieve this objective can intersect with formal systems or institutions in a number of ways. But it is worth remembering that restorative justice processes can arise naturally and (more or less) spontaneously, without the need for third-party intervention. Expressions of remorse, making amends, healing and reconciliation happen all the time: relationships, families, organisations and society would quickly break down if this were not the case.

There are cases, however, where the incident or offence is so serious or complex that it comes to the attention of someone in authority: for example, a parent, teacher, supervisor, manager, police officer, children's reporter, procurator fiscal, sheriff, and so on.

The restorative justice ideal is that, whatever else needs to happen, the authority in question gives consideration to what can be done to address or repair the harm that has been caused.

May 06, 2010 , , , ,

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