- Showing 10 posts published between Feb 01, 2010 and Feb 28, 2010 [Show all]
Public speaking tips: Reaching everyone in your audience when speaking about restorative justice
from Kris Miner's blog:
From Seth Godin's blog:
The work you do when you spread the word or run an ad or invent a policy is likely aimed at one of these four groups.
- Strangers are customers to be, but not yet
- Critics are those that would speak ill of you, or need to be converted
- Friends are those that might have given permission, or even buy now and then
- Fans are members of your tribe, supporters and insiders
You already know the truth: can’t please all these groups at once.
As a restorative justice practitioner or advocate, you maybe asked to speak to a group, that includes all the groups mentioned above. Godin’s categories, reminded me of a recent post, not everyone views restorative justice equally.
New Items in the RJ Online Database
New additions to the RJ Online research database over the last week covered several issues related to theories of retribution, reparations, education, bullying, indigenous justice, and victim impact statements.
FACE circles: A well rounded opportunity in Canada
In North Simcoe people can find resolution out of court through the Forum of Accountability in a Circle Experience (FACE) -a Huronia Restorative Justice Project since 1998. The Midland program was part a worldwide revival of the native traditional way of dealing with offensive behavior -and it works.
A community circle is an alternative to traditional court proceedings where offending conduct is resolved by having the offender, the victim and supporters of each sit together in a circle to opening discuss an incident and work to reach a consensus on how to resolve the harm done.
Anti-crime bills deserved to die in Canada
The editorial on prorogation (Jan. 5) mentions that among the bills that died with this parliamentary session were many parts of "Harper's tough on crime agenda."
This is the one good result of prorogation as these bills contained very bad criminal law.
Stephen Harper is not "tough on crime"-- he is soft in the head on crime, preferring to build more prisons -- the most expensive, least effective form of influencing behaviour -- instead of investing in preventive measures, such as early childhood care and education, and the alleviation of poverty.
Denver Public Schools sings new tune on calming kids
....For the past several years, North has been in the forefront of a new Denver Public Schools policy that emphasizes intervention and mediation to resolve fights and disruptions rather than out-of- school suspensions and expulsions.
The session, geared toward letting students know their rights, was sponsored by Padres & Jovenes Unidos. The group's 2005 report charged that the district suspended too many students for nonviolent offenses and disproportionately targeted minorities. It helped lead to the policy changes.
"It's important that every student know their rights," junior Brandon Garcia told the students after leading them in a Denver Broncos version of the wave.
Dalo justice for farmers in Fiji
from the Fiji Times Online:
People sent to jail for stealing dalo are being made to plant five times the amount they stole as part of their rehabilitation.
And the dalo is planted in the farms where the crimes took place.
The program by the Fiji Prisons and Corrections Service started in Taveuni where dalo thefts have been frequent. This new initiative is called "Restorative Justice for Dalo Thieves on Taveuni"
New blog: Inside the Baobob tree
Michelle Armster and I co-direct MCC’s Office on Justice & Peacebuilding. As we think about program planning for the next year and looking at ways of providing resources on restorative justice and conflict transformation, the idea of a blog came to the forefront. We realize there are many blogs available for people to choose from but one of the things that attracts us to this format are the conversations that can happen as people respond not only to the postings we make monthly but also to one another. The idea of conversations, of dialogue, of give-and-take, is one that we value highly in our work. So, we’re deciding to give it a go…
Saints, Colts hoping to resolve Super Bowl through diplomacy
From The Onion:
Team officials from the New Orleans Saints and Indianapolis Colts emerged from a tense, 12-hour negotiating session Thursday and told reporters that, while they had yet to reach a settlement that would prevent a massive on-field conflict, the AFC and NFC champions were committed to resolving the Super Bowl through diplomatic channels.
"Playing this Super Bowl is our last resort," said NFL commissioner Roger Goodell, who was flanked by the coaches and quarterbacks for the opposing teams. "Yes, there are some difficult issues that need to be hashed out, such as who will be the game's MVP, the number of total passing yards for each quarterback, and which team will be named Super Bowl champion, but I think we made progress today."
"The Colts and the Saints are unwavering in their commitment to avoid any violence and wish to resolve the Super Bowl peacefully, without a single football being thrown," Goodell added.
Griffin on the final report of the National Commission on Restorative Justice
from Human Rights in Ireland:
The National Commission on Restorative Justice published itsfinal report in December 2009. The Commission, announced in March 2007, was set up to examine the wider application of restorative justice within the criminal justice system. The Commission was established following the report of the Joint Committee on Justice, Equality, Defence and Women’s Rightswhich recommended the development of a restorative justice programme for adult offenders in the Irish criminal justice system.
Fania Davis on differences between traditional and modernist constructions of justice
Traditional and modernist constructions of justice differ in a number of ways. First, a communal and participatory ethos pervades indigenous justice approaches. Indigenous justice proceedings tend to involve an expansive range of participants. All affected persons are actively engaged—each of the parties in conflict, their extended families, traditional elders, and community members at large. The process tends to be consensus-based and more egalitarian than hierarchical.
On the other hand, in modern justice proceedings, the range of participants is quite restricted, typically limited to the two sides in conflict, along with a group of justice professionals who dominate the proceedings. Crime is impersonally viewed as an offense against the state rather than as an injury to a person or to relationships. The victim is usually excluded, except as a witness to support the “state’s” case. Offender-focused, modern justice asks: What law was broken, who broke it, and what punishment is deserved?