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In the living room with the lion and the lamb
Karen was sexually abused as a child. Now in her fifties, she sat in the chair across from me and told her story. Decades had passed without resolving the tension adequately with her father. As a grown woman, she was able to instantly lock into her feelings of betrayal from a daddy forever stuck in the past.
Her new friend Wayne sat on the couch to the left listening attentively with somber reflection. He had served time in prison for abusing his own children. He had not seen his own wife or children for a few years. Here was a troubled man wanting to examine his heart to understand why he had failed so horribly.
Restorative justice improves livability in Minneapolis
Earlier this year I was called for jury duty and spent several days in the basement of the Hennepin County Government Center waiting to see if I would be selected for a jury. Although I considered it an inconvenience at the time, those few days gave me a better understanding or our judicial system. The number of cases on the trial docket each day was staggering. The amount of time it takes for a case to be heard in court is boggling. I left my jury duty stint with greater respect for the criminal justice system, but stumped as to how we, as community members, could support it.
Can murder ever be forgiven: A restorative justice case study
For Christmas in 1985, Marlon* went to visit his daughter who was living with his ex-wife, her aunt and her four year old cousin, Tanya. Marlon went with the intention of giving both girls a Sindy doll as a Christmas present but the visit resulted in the murder of Tanya's mother in front of her eyes. Sharon Goldstone describes an exceptional restorative meeting in which Tanya and Marlon met for the first time in twenty-four years.
Tagging and restorative justice
A recent story caught my eye. According to the Los Angeles Times, Los Angeles tagger Cyrus Yazdani, who goes by Buket, has been sentenced to 3 years and 8 months for his tagging efforts.
This is not the first time this notorious tagger has been caught and fined. Yazdani, a 26-year old college graduate from San Jose State, is a prolific tagger who does his tagging in broad daylight. The amount of damage caused by Yazdani's graffiti is in the range of $150,000. And that's got to be on the low side. Most of the damage has been done in Los Angeles; authorities say he's tagged hundreds of freeway overpasses. Is this a fair and just sentence? What do you do with a serial tagger? How would a justice system based on the principles of restorative justice see this case?
Restorative Justice and Protective Behaviours: a perfect match
PBs originated in the 1970s in the United States when a school social worker, Peg Flandreau West, responded to a number of pupils who were coming to her for help. In time she observed a pattern; many of these young people had been the victims of abuse - emotional, physical, sexual - and had suffered in silence, sometimes for long periods, before seeking help.
Peg raised her concerns with colleagues, consulted with survivors, professionals, friends, and explored how best to help these young people. This initiative developed into the two Themes and seven Strategies we call the Protective Behaviours Process.
Excellence in Education Award given for restorative practices
from the Milwaukee Public Schools Board Minutes:
Each month, the Milwaukee Board of School Directors recognizes an outstanding school, student, staff member, or parent or community member for a display of excellence, achievement, and innovation that may serve as an example to our school district and the entire Milwaukee community. This month, the Milwaukee Board of School Directors is pleased to present the “Excellence in Education Award” to John Chisholm, Paul Dedinsky, Lovell Johnson, David Lerman and Gary Mahkorn of the Restorative Pracices Program and Milwaukee District Attorney's Office (Safe School/Healthy Students Partner).
Snapshot of compassionate listening: Lorenn Walker & restorative justice
Today most of my activity at TCLP involved a phone interview with Lorenn Walker, an amazing woman stirring up inspiring waves of compassion in the U.S. justice system, who has incorporated the core principles of Compassionate Listening into her work. (A brief tour of her website is enough to get a glimpse of the magnitude of what she’s up to.) The goal is to provide a snapshot in the upcoming print issue of the TCLP newsletter, due out in November. The theme for this issue is, broadly, how individuals who have received CL training have taken CL principles beyond the workshops and delegations, back into their home communities and areas of work. We want to give our subscribers and supporters a sense of how vital and adaptable CL is, beyond its immediate applications.
Driver, after a terrible wrong, plans to work to make amends
When it came down to it, even the defense attorney couldn't mince words. His client was guilty of a truly horrific drunken-driving crash: striking a blind man on the sidewalk, breaking his pelvis and legs in eight places, then driving away.
But what made this case different from countless others, Jim O'Rourke said moments before a judge sentenced his client to prison Thursday, was that the Northeast Portland man did everything right after he did something that was so wrong. The judge and the prosecutor agreed.
Sep 17, 2009 Case:DWI
Educating pupils on peace
University of British Columbia Faculty of Education professors are trying to take the "lame" out of educating young students on peace by teaching pre-service teachers a thing or two about bringing it into the classroom.
According to Kim Schonert-Reichly, UBC professor, it's the first in North America to incorporate "Educating the Heart," into the elementary education 12-month program. Basically, the 36 soon-to-be teachers who started last week are learning how to integrate emotional and social development into every type of subject.
"We're showing them how to make it a part of every subject," she said in a phone interview. "For instance in math a teacher could make statistics mean more than just numbers but actually factor in social justice and responsibility."
Servant leadership, restorative justice and forgiveness
The terms of servant-leadership, restorative justice, and forgiveness depend on one another, they are all interdependent but not interchangeable. To be a Servant Leader one must believe that justice must be restorative, and must have the capacity to forgive those who trespass against others. Being a servant to those you serve is paramount to evolving into a servant leader. Restorative justice requires the capacity for forgiveness on levels only those who choose to serve their fellow man can embrace.
The ability to forgive others is a gift that must be cultivated deep in one’s heart. It is a choice that takes time and practice to implement wholly. Restorative justice cannot be truly implemented without understanding a forgiveness of the trespass, its participants, and its roots.