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Seminar Report: Restorative Justice -- Restorative Practices: Are They the Same?
In early June, the European Forum for Restorative Justice (Forum) hosted a seminar exploring the similarities and differences between "restorative justice" and "restorative practices." The event resulted from a request presented at the 2008 board meeting asking the Forum to include schools, community mediation and other societal contexts in its work.
The seminar focused on the theoretical understandings of "restorative justice" and "restorative practices." Three speakers explored the various issues related to expanding the organization's scope.
We live in a relational and moral universe
by Dan Van Ness
At the 2nd National Conference on Restorative Justice in San Antonio, Jennifer Llewellyn spoke of the importance of relationships. “We live in a relational universe,” she said. This is why restorative justice is so powerful – it addresses something real, something that is part of the fabric of life itself. Relationships are core to who we are.
Is there justice in restorative?
From Howard Zehr's blog: Catherine Bargen, a long-time practitioner and visionary thinker, raised an important issue that deserves more discussion. The rest of this entry is in her words, recorded and edited with her permission.
When I learned about restorative justice I felt that it applied to all of life and shouldn’t just be about criminal justice. I’ve made a career of thinking outside the criminal justice box - for example, restorative justice in schools - and I continue to think the work being done in this field is very important.
Duality or trinity, scales or circles: What approach for justice in a new generation?
From Rachel Monaco-Wilcox's entry at Marquette University Law School Faculty Blog: If justice and healing are to be embraced as one and the same, as I believe they are, healing must come with the courage to bear the knowledge of the harms of the past. That knowledge, and those details, must be given a voice in that safe space of sharing, the circle. What is not known, not spoken, left unvoiced and buried, cannot be forgiven, and what is not forgiven cannot be made whole. Only through wholeness can the courage and power for positive change come for the sustainable future.
This is a shift in the way justice is seen. It is not black and white, as I think it was expected to be in the generation and the Supreme Court of Oliver Wendell Holmes, Jr. I also believe we do not create justice, we restore it, and we restore it because “justice” is not a man-made concept. Scales are man-made; circles, in contrast, are all around us in nature.