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Restorative justice: Making crooks say 'sorry' is a success
....Today, Cambridgeshire police Chief Constable Simon Parr said he was delighted with the project’s success.
He said: “Restorative Justice has been a real success across the whole of the county and especially in Peterborough.
“We have had no complaints from anyone about using this as a deterrent or punishment, as people can see a result straight away.
Community mediation in economic crisis (Ineffective and effective sustainability measures)
Most Frequently Reported Ineffective Sustainability Measures
Increased or improved fundraising activities. The rationale as to why this internal strategy was not effective was very simple for most respondents—in times of economic crisis most corners of society are negatively affected, including centers’ traditional funding sources. This particular economic crisis seemed even to affect some centers’ most reliable sources of foundational, institutional, and appropriated funding. One research participant succinctly stated: “Grant exploration has resulted zero benefits,” while another reported: “additional development work has only wasted valuable time with little reward for our efforts.”
Dec 15, 2011 Funding
Reflections from a semester abroad in Belgium
....This fall I am living in the beautiful city of Leuven, Belgium, a city of about 100,000 people and located about twenty miles outside of Brussels. I am teaching at the Catholic University of Leuven Law School’s Criminology Institute where there is a vibrant and well-known restorative justice department. A group of professors here, led by highly respected Dr. Ivo Aertsen, as well as many Ph.D. students and researchers, are examining and writing about the impact of restorative justice programs in many different countries and cultures.
Case study: Theft
from the write-up on bettinajung:
Theft of a teacher’s handbag at a local secondary school by a year 9 boy. Loss of £200.00 worth of belongings. Loss of trust amongst school staff. Anger of affected parties including father of wrong doer.
Conference brought together: victim, victim’s husband, wrong doer, wrong doer’s father, Head of House/ Head of School, pastoral manager.
Restorative hub-school model
from Restorative Approaches in Norfolk Schools:
Norfolk County Council Children’s Services are currently working on a restorative hub-school model with the aim that schools who are proficient and committed to using restorative approaches can provide support and guidance to other schools.
“Somebody could have died that day.”
“Somebody could have died that day.” That’s what a student said after a fight nearly erupted at a small Detroit high school last month. But a restorative circle squashed the tension and prevented a tragedy.
Choosing to change: Transitioning to the transformative model in a community mediation center
Understanding that transitioning to the transformative framework would be a long journey, we committed to that path. As a staff, we began to attend trainings and apply what we learned to cases at the Center. We attended our first transformative Mediation Training in 2001, with Baruch Bush, Sally Pope, and Judy Saul, and it became clear what had been missing: a mediation practice grounded in premises and principles about people in conflict.
It all began to make sense when we came to understand that crisis is a conflict in human interaction, and that conflict has an effect on one’s ability to stay strong in self and connected to others. I had been a practicing mediator for more than 11 years and it was the first time that I learned mediation from a theoretical perspective – one that articulated clear underlying beliefs about people and their abilities, conflict and its effects, as well as what our purpose as mediators was and what it wasn’t.
Barron County Restorative Justice Programs: A partnership model for balancing community and government resources for juvenile justice services
....As stated earlier, governments and communities each have distinctive strengths. Key to forming and maintaining good partnerships is for both entities to recognize what they need from the other, thus enabling them to establish a symbiotic ‘two-way street’ that can be sustained over time. Examples of what community-based operations can do better than government justice agencies include mobilizing volunteers, creating and implementing new programs quickly, and adapting processes to best fit the needs of particular cases.
In short, community programs offer the distinctive strength of flexibility, which can compensate for the limitations inherent in government structures. At the same time, the rigid structures of government agencies and policies are part of their strength, and community operations can benefit from a framework that ensures safety and professional quality control.
Dec 07, 2011 RJ City
Totem pole carved by prisoners in honour of restorative justice advocate to be raised today
from the article by Kim Pemberton in the Vancouver Sun
....Ivey said he'd hoped the pole would be completed before Elliott died, but that wasn't to be.
"A few times we'd ask Liz if there was anything she'd like to add and all she would say was, 'A hummingbird.' "
Ivey explained the hummingbird, a key figure in a Haida parable, was on the cover of a book Elliott wrote called Security with Care: Restorative Justice and Healthy Societies. He said the choice was fitting considering Elliott's work at the federal correctional facility.
School-based Restorative Justice Circles: Handouts and example demonstration
In a school gym, we placed the Circle Center items in the basketball center court. Four student volunteers each had a direction, and at each direction 3 months of the year were designated and students divided themselves based on date of birth. This was a technique to mix them up and to have them take responsibility for creating the shape and form of the Circle. The students were in clustered groups in the four directions. I explained that each volunteer would read a value, and bring a talking piece for the Center. Each group would come to the Center and be seated, making room for the others, making a round shape. I explained that the Center was like a fire, and we would all need to be equally warmed by it. This was to have the students take responsibility for the shape, it was an empowering action, so I could promote them being invested in working together.