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Go to prison
Last week I had the honor of joining my colleague Janine Geske on her regular journey to Green Bay Correctional Facility, a maximum-security prison reminiscent of the prison in Shawshank Redemption. The prisoners at Green Bay run the gamut of serious crimes from sexual assault to drug distribution to armed robbery to homicide. Janine runs a three-day session on restorative justice, meeting with about twenty prisoners as part of a several-month program on the challenges and possibilities faced by these men. She has been running this program here for years as part of our Restorative Justice Initiative, and I was so excited to finally fit this in my schedule. Having done this trip last week and then spent the past weekend in services for Rosh Hashanah, I have had plenty of time to reflect on crime, punishment, repentance, and redemption. In retrospect, I don’t know that I could have timed this better. Suffice it to say, the experience was amazing.
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.
Treasures: Victims Voice, Safe Justice and Lemonade
by Dan Van Ness
I just came across several treasures that will be extremely useful to people who have been, who love, or who work with crime victims.
The first is the website of Victims' Voice, a Canadian NGO sponsored by the Mennonite Central Committee and whose purpose is "to address the revictimization of victims in the criminal justice system, to create understanding about victims among practitioners who work within the system and to give emotional and informational support directly to victims through victim-centered programs."
The website has a number of resources that can be downloaded. And it contains links to two more sites, also sponsored by Victims' Voice.