Prison experiences of self forgiveness
Crime challenges communities; criminal activity is an assault on civic society – individuals who break the law are deemed to have stepped outside of society. Yet prison as a response to crime can also be read as an assault on community; often those imprisoned were never fully integrated into society.
Judge hits out at 'this kind of crap' as teen convicted of delivery man robbery
from the article in the Irish Examiner:
A judge has told a Tallaght teenager who stole a Chinese takeaway that “this kind of crap” puts delivery men off doing their jobs.
“On the face of it to some this may seem a minor crime, property to the value of €18,” Judge Mary Ellen Ring told 19-year-old Daniel Wall, “but this delivery man, Mr Yang Yu, provides an excellent service, bringing food to people’s doors.”
“The kind of crap you engaged in puts people like Mr Yu off doing their work, they stop delivering and lose their business,” Judge Ring said as Wall nodded in agreement.
Ahern to expand restorative justice scheme
The government has given the green light to expanding a restorative justice pilot scheme to the criminal courts. Minister for Justice Dermot Ahern approved a memo to cabinet before Christmas to allow for an expansion of the Tallaght-based Restorative Justice Service to the Criminal Courts of Justice. It also allows the Nenagh Community Reparation project to be expanded to Limerick and Tipperary.
State in denial over Magdalenes
Last Friday week I attended a meeting with senior Department of Justice officials. I had been invited as a representative of the survivor advocacy group, Justice for Magdalenes (JFM). We are campaigning to bring about an apology and a distinct redress scheme for these survivors of institutional abuse. An apology, I contend, is key in effecting restorative justice for this community of women.
To date, no one in Ireland has apologised for abuses in the laundries – not church, not State, not families, not the wider community. All these segments of society were complicit in this historic abuse but no one is prepared to stand up and say, “I am sorry”. No one is prepared to admit that what happened to these women and young girls was wrong.
Brady encourages Magdalene survivors in talks with church
Primate of All-Ireland Cardinal Seán Brady has encouraged Magdalene survivors in their efforts to establish dialogue with religious congregations.
The cardinal met representatives of advocacy group Justice for Magdalenes (JFM) for two hours at his residence in Armagh on Thursday evening. He said yesterday it was a welcome opportunity to listen to the perspective of the JFM on “the story of the involvement of church, State and society in the former Magdalene laundries”.
“By today’s standards much of what happened at that time is difficult to comprehend,” he said.
Smyth victim in Brady resign call
from the article on BBC News:
A victim of serial abuser Fr Brendan Smyth has called on the head of the Catholic Church in Ireland to resign.
Cardinal Sean Brady has admitted he was at meetings in 1975 where two abused children signed vows of silence over their complaints against Fr Smyth.
On Monday, a victim of Fr Smyth called Samantha told the BBC the church needed to "root out the rot and start from the top".
"This is not a witch hunt, this is about what is right," she 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.
Restorative justice could cut 'reoffending and save €8.3m'
The government should introduce a restorative justice scheme by 2015 that is capable of handling up to 7,250 criminal cases every year, a new report has commended.
The scheme, which typically allows offenders to provide some form of reparation to victims rather than serve time in prison, could save the exchequer up to €8.3 million per year. It could also cut reoffending rates in half, according to the report to be published [17 Dec] by Minister for Justice Dermot Ahern.
Compiled by the National Commission on Restorative Justice, it recommends that courts be required to consider restorative justice as an alternative to prison for offences where sentences of up to three years in jail are normal.