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Restorative practices in the university: How two professors and a student worked together to resolve conflict

from the article by Mary Hoeft, Sarah Bennett and Altravis Lewis:

Altravis sat in the back of my algebra class.  He missed class often.  His work showed evidence of his struggle. When I focused on him, I could see a look of disengagement.  One day as I stood at the front of the classroom discussing a problem, I heard Altravis shout out in frustration.  I was shaken and scared. I knew that his outburst had rattled students. After class, I approached Altravis and asked what was going on.  He apologized and explained that it wouldn't happen again. 

Nov 09, 2012 , , , , ,

A need to talk

by Lynette Parker

“He never talked to us and we were friends.” 

I recently heard this statement several times from a couple whose teenage son was killed in a vehicular accident. The “he” they referred to was the driver of the vehicle who had been their neighbour at the time. Throughout the hour long preconference, they continually repeated their hurt and disappointment that the offender had not offered condolences or talked to them since the accident. That lack of communication just seemed to weigh on this couple as they struggled with their grief. 

Nov 08, 2012 , , , , ,

'Restorative practices': Discipline but different

from the article by Nirvi Shah in Education Week:

At City Springs and many other schools across the country, restorative practices are about holding students accountable and getting them to right a wrong. The approach is getting more notice than ever as criticism grows of zero-tolerance disciplinary policies that often require out-of-school suspension and expulsion. Educators are turning to restorative practices, peer courts in middle and high schools, and related efforts in the hopes of changing students' bad behaviors rather than simply kicking them out of school as punishment and risking disconnecting them from school altogether.

"It's about building relationships and having [students] do what you want them to do because they want to do it—not because they're afraid of what the consequences are," said Rhonda Richetta, the principal of City Springs, which has 624 students. "We really want kids to change."

Nov 07, 2012 , , , , ,

Ford appointed to Genesee Justice coordinator post

from the article in The Daily News:

Shannon L. Ford has been appointed to fill the position of Genesee Justice program coordinator, the Genesee County Sheriff’s Office said Friday.

The position was created after a vacancy was left by the resignation of the assistant director.

Oct 30, 2012 , , , , ,

Community justice: The power of the panel

from the article by Emma Kasprzak for BBC News:

"I could feel the tension and hatred when they came into the room - but three quarters of an hour later there were buckets of tears."

John Gallagher describes a neighbour dispute which had run for seven years and descended into an anti-social behaviour case.

Oct 29, 2012 , , , , ,

Norfolk is winning the fight against youth crime

from the article by Victoria Leggett in the Norwich Evening News:

....Two of the most important and effective methods used by the teams have been early intervention work by the Youth Inclusion and Support Panels (YISP) and the use of restorative justice.

Oct 15, 2012 , , , ,

"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 , ,

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