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"Just get a rock and talk"

from Robert C. Koehler's article on New. Clear. Vision: 

Note: this is about a child custody proceeding.

The circle was held shortly after Christmas. Elizabeth and Peter were the keepers. The participants were Bill, Andrea, Alyssa and the young girl’s two grandfathers. It lasted about eight hours, far longer than most subsequent circles (the average length is two hours), but it ended with an agreement between Bill and Andrea. “I got more accomplished in eight hours than a year in court,” he said.

Oct 05, 2012 , , ,

Introduction to restorative justice in Malaysia

from the article on Voice of the Children:

In considering introducing restorative justice within the legal juvenile justice framework in Malaysia, we have to weigh its benefits and effectiveness in comparison to the existing system.

The existing juvenile justice system, i.e. the proceedings in the Court For Children, does not provide opportunity for the full participation of the child offender and their family. It is too complicated  to comprehend and very formal in nature .

Oct 04, 2012 , , ,

Center for Restorative Activism

from the "Principles" page of Scott Brown's very interesting website:

Here are some basic principles that help to frame what restorative activism is about:

The historical moment calls on us to identify and focus on root causes. I believe the historical moment boils down to a choice between continuation with the life-denying worldview based on separateness, and a life affirming worldview based on the direct experience of interrelatedness. The belief in separateness can be singled out as a root cause of the crises we face and this shows us what we are really up against.

Oct 01, 2012 , , , , , ,

Mr. Dad: Fight bullies with ‘restorative justice’

from the article by Armin Brott in the Journal Times:

....The biggest surprise for me was that zero-tolerance policies (like the one at your son’s school and many others around the country) don’t work either. According to Goldman, studies indicate that rather than reducing bad behavior, being suspended or expelled increases the likelihood that a student will misbehave — and get suspended — again.

Sep 25, 2012 , ,

Parent-to-parent guide: Restorative justice in Chicago Public Schools

from the booklet by the Parents of POWER-PAC:

For too many of our children, “school discipline” has meant getting suspended or expelled—starting as young as kindergarten—being arrested, even in grade school—and ending up on the streets or in jail— without an education.

We are Chicago Public School parents, from many different neighborhoods and backgrounds, raising kids of all ages. We work together in POWER-PAC, and built our “Elementary Justice Campaign: Stopping the School-to-Prison Pipeline” because we’ve felt at times that school discipline works against—not with—our children and families.

Sep 18, 2012 , , , , ,

Releasing control

by Lynette Parker

As a facilitator, I occasionally face situations that give me pause. Do I really want to facilitate this case? Am I competent to facilitate such a case? There are times I walk into the situation with real concerns and doubts, but simply have to trust the process.

Aug 28, 2012 , , , ,

How to reconcile stoning a parrot

from the entry by LaraKim on lafeberconservationwildlife.com:

This past week, a boy on a field trip with his school picked up a rock and threw it at a kea, an endangered parrot in New Zealand. The bird died. The reports indicate that there was no premeditated maliciousness in the boy as the act was a spontaneous one not uncommon in the young.

Aug 23, 2012 , , ,

Letter: This group and what it does made me feel whole again

the letter by Mary Petersen in River Falls Journal:

Support from St Croix Restorative Justice and the Walk for Awareness following the sudden death of a loved one is something that you never imagine could be a part of your life at any age.

But when a death like that happens, it’s something that makes you feel like you will never be whole again. You are alone and cannot face life without your loved one.

Aug 17, 2012 , ,

Restorative justice for juvenile offenders

from the entry by Harold Dean Trulear on Think Christian:

The recent Supreme Court decision in Miller v. Alabama, which concerns the imposition of life-without-parole sentences for juvenile offenders, offers an important opportunity for people of faith to revisit our civic responsibilities with respect to children and youth.

Aug 15, 2012 , , , ,

Punishment v. restoration: A comparative analysis of juvenile delinquency law in the United States and Mexico

from the article by Beth Caldwell in the Cardozo Journal of International and Comparative Law:

....Within Mexico, the State of Oaxaca has developed a code that incorporates these human rights principles and sets forth procedures for using restorative justice conferences as an alternative to the adversarial court system.... Oaxaca’s approach exemplifies the restorative model contemplated in Mexico’s national constitutional reforms.

Aug 08, 2012 , , , ,

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