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The power of storytelling, using stories in community and in connecting
Stories are the most basic tool for connecting us to one another. Research shows that storytelling not only engages all the senses, it triggers activity on both the left and the right sides of the brain. Because stories elicit whole brain/whole body responses, they are far more likely that other kinds of writing to evoke strong emotions. People attend, remember, and are transformed by stories, which are meaning-filled units of ideas, the verbal equivalent of mother's milk. -- Mary Pipher
Conference Explores Creating Restorative Localities
On 15 July, the Restorative Justice Consortium hosted a one-day conference called Becoming a Restorative County/ Local Authority exploring how a locality can become fully restorative. Conference plenary sessions and workshops presented the experiences of various groups developing holistic approaches to implementing restorative practices.
Shame and restorative processes
The topic of shame has become a controversial issue in restorative justice. I’m convinced that an awareness of shame and its dynamics is critical for the field but I also believe there are serious dangers of misunderstanding and misuse....
More cautionary tales from the US
The US-based research and advocacy organization The Sentencing Project has just released a report called No Exit: The Expanding Use of Life Sentences in America. They summarize their findings as follows:
While persons serving life sentences include those who present a serious threat to public safety, they also include those for whom the length of sentence is questionable. In particular, life without parole sentences often represent a misuse of limited correctional resources and discount the capacity for personal growth and rehabilitation that comes with the passage of time. This report challenges the supposition that all life sentences are necessary to keep the public safe, compared to a term of fewer years. We conclude with recommendations for changes in law, policy and practice which would, if adopted, address the principal deficiencies in the sentencing of people to life in prison.
Federal Probation publishes paper on “Pono Kaulike: Restorative Justice and Solution-Focused Approaches to Domestic Violence in Hawaii”
From the Restorative Practices E-Forum for 28 July:
The Pono Kaulike program provided facilitated restorative justice processes combined with solution-focused brief therapy with subjects who plead guilty to crimes including assault, harassment, criminal property damage, criminal trespass, terroristic threatening and negligent homicide.
NZ Catholic Bishops call for reconciliation, not revenge, in prisons
In 1989 New Zealand’s Catholic Bishops called our penal system “a poison in the bloodstream of our nation” and predicted that unless we changed our ways of responding to crime, we were heading to become the most imprisoned society in the Western world.
Twenty years later, we have reached the number two position, second only to the United States. Prison numbers are growing faster than we can build prisons to hold people, and shortage of cells is leading to unsatisfactory solutions such as double-bunking.
2 Walden alumni, 2 countries and 1 goal: justice
What determines whether retributive justice, restorative justice, or a combination of the two is appropriate in a given civil war situation? There are a number of factors that go into making that judgment, including the relative strength of the country’s government, the international political landscape, and whether or not the threat of international criminal courts may deter war criminals from ending the war. The motivation in choosing either type of justice, says Apori-Nkansah, is to have peace: “Is this the approach which will give us the peace we are looking for?”
Restorative justice and stories
These are family stories. These stories are what tie us together. We belong where are stories are. I believe belonging is what keeps us from hurting people. You don’t harm your own. Stories give us common experiences and these experiences designate us from strangers. The more you learn about your self, the more you get the chance to think about ’self-realization’. That is where the internal cogs of change are. We as human beings change from the inside out. That’s my belief. That’s where restorative justice goes . . . to the inside, to the heart.
Defendants in Samoan adoption case must pay $100,000 to trust fund
A federal judge in Utah has ordered five operators and employees of the now-defunct Focus on Children adoption agency to contribute $100,000 to a trust fund that would allow Samoan children adopted by U.S. parents to connect with their birth families.
U.S. District Judge David Sam said the payments will serve both as punishment and a form of "restorative justice."
Jul 27, 2009 Case:White Collar
Theory of trouble
by Dan Van Ness
The very interesting website Restorative Resources has this great quote from the organization's director:
"If, by the time a student has graduated high school, they have not gotten into significant trouble at least three times and found a positive way to resolve it each time, I suggest that their education is incomplete."
As the father of a recent high school graduate, I'm not sure that I would have wished for my son to get into significant trouble three out of the four years he was there, but I get Clifford's point.