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Friday discussion: Explaining restorative justice
Imagine you are on an elevator in a reasonably tall building. An acquaintance who knows about your interest in restorative justice gets on. In 30 seconds the elevator will arrive at the first floor. "So," the person says, "exactly what is restorative justice?"
Take a Course with a Member of South Africa's TRC at the new Canadian School of Peacebuilding
From Jarem Sawatsky: Here is a great opportunity for those interested in restorative justice. We are looking for your help in getting the word out. Canadian Mennonite University is launching this summer it’s first annual Canadian School of Peacebuilding (Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada). We want to do this in a way that builds the international restorative justice movement. The School will create a learning community of local, national and international practitioners and students of peacebuilding - understood broadly. By offering intensive one-week courses on a wide variety of peace topics geared for peace, justice and development practitioners, the school seeks to gather differently located peace workers for common training and learning.
Lynette Parker: Listening to stories
“You don’t know what it means to have a member of the community listen to my story before making his decision.” One young man summed up his experience in a restorative conference with a community representative. Convicted of armed robbery, he had already served two years in prison and returned to his family when the conference took place. His statement reminded me of how powerful a restorative process can be.
Cardiff given more say in justice
From News Wales (29 April 09): A range of new measures that gives communities more say in the way justice is delivered in their neighbourhoods as well as making local criminal justice agencies more accountable to the people they represent has today been announced by ministers. Cardiff is one of 30 areas across England and Wales pioneering a new package of measures to test a range of initiatives that will deliver justice for all and put people back at the heart of the justice system.
Martin Wright: Victims' needs and rights
An ICM survey of 1,085 victims of non-violent crime in the UK, for the Ministry of Justice in England, found that 81% would prefer an offender to receive an effective sentence rather than a harsh one, and nearly two thirds (63%) disagreed that prison is always the best way to punish someone. An overwhelming majority of respondents (94%) said the most important thing to them was that the offender did not do it again. This figure is higher than the last survey in 2006 (91%).
May 19, 2009 Correspondent:Martin Wright
Lisa Rea: Speaking at a California prison during victims awareness week (part 2)
I had a few more thoughts on my speech at a California prison during victims’ rights week. As is often the case conversations with the inmates are the most telling. Often these exchanges are so very quick not to be meaningful but sometimes they are more.
Conference: No more victims
Yorkshire and Humberside Circles of Support and Accountability. Wednesday 6th May 2009 10am - 4pm. The Bar Convent, Blossom Street, York.
May 18, 2009 Conference
Restorative community policing in the UK: Dorset, Cheshire and Norfolk constables point the way
From the article by Joshua Wachtel: Police in roughly 50 percent of counties in England and Wales employ some form of restorative justice (RJ). Constables in districts including Dorset (southwest), Cheshire and Lancashire (northwest), Hull (northeast) and Norfolk (east) are actively making restorative practices (RP) their first line of defense — at officers’ discretion — for dealing with neighborhood disputes, first-time and low-level youth offenders, youth crime in schools, and some adult cases.
Conservative think tank in Britain calls for restorative justice act
From Restorative Justice Consortium E-Newsletter for April 2009: A leading Conservative think-tank, set up by former Party leader Ian Duncan-Smith, has called for an expansion of Restorative Justice conferencing, training of police in restorative disposals, a national Restorative Justice agency and a Restorative Justice Act.
Friday Discussion: RJ funding
With the economic crisis, governments are struggling to balance their budgets. Funding for restorative justice has never been easy, but in this climate it promises to be harder.
May 14, 2009 Funding