November 2001 Edition
UN Expert Meeting Convenes
Criminal justice experts from every region are meeting in Ottawa from 29 October to 1 November to discuss proposed Basic Principles on the Use of Restorative Justice Programmes in Criminal Matters. The purpose of the meeting will be to review comments by 37 countries on draft basic principles circulated by the Secretary-General in late 2000.
Two New Research Reports on Implementing Restorative
The Home Office Research, Development and Statistics Directorate released two studies in September on restorative justice. These were "An Exploratory Evaluation of Restorative Justice Schemes" and "An International Review of Restorative Justice". Each report provides insight into best practices in implementing restorative justice.
Restorative Justice Innovations by the Thames Valley Police Force
The Thames Valley Police Force has led the movement toward restorative justice in the United Kingdom by shifting to a problem-solving paradigm.
Growing Interest in Innovative Prison Management system.
Prison Fellowship affiliates in several countries are operating unique programs that make dramatic changes in prison management. These changes are based on a methodology developed by the Brazilian Association for Protection and Assistance to the Convicted (APAC), the PF affiliate in Brazil.
Book Review: Dimensions of Forgiveness: Psychological Research and Theological Perspectives
This book contains the proceedings of a conference to explore the scientific study of forgiveness. The conference took place at Hope College and was conducted by the John Templeton Foundation.
Website of the Month: Australian Institute of Criminology
The Director of the Australian Institute of Criminology (AIC), Adam Graycar, describes his organization as “a unique national organization, the work of which aims to explore, describe, and explain issues of public policy significance in crime prevention and criminal justice.”
Leading Edge: Meet Dobrinka Chankova and Ted Wachtel.
Dr. Dobrinka Chankova is a restorative justice pioneer in Bulgaria. Ted Wachtel is the founder of REAL JUSTICE and the International Institute for Restorative Practices.
Restorative Justice Week Update
In response to the October feature on Restorative Justice Week, RJ Online has received additional information about how some countries will commemorate that week.