December 2002 Edition
Breaking the Cycle of Violence in Jamaica
Rising rates of violent crime in Jamaica have led to increasing instability and societal polarization. In August 2001, the National Committee on Crime and Violence was created to study the problem of crime and its root causes and to recommend strategies for breaking the cycle of violence. The Committee recommended breaking down political tribalism, reestablishing legitimate community leadership in place of patronage of criminal groups, and improving relations between the police and the community.
Victim Offender Mediation's Potential.
Dobrinka Chankova, Director of the Institute for Conflict Resolution in Bulgaria, recently published a book on victim offender mediation. The book, written in Bulgarian, provides a history of victim offender mediation and its potential in the Bulgarian justice system. Dobrinka has provided an English summary of the book, which was published by Feneya Press in Sofia.
Book Review: Victim Policies and Criminal Justice on the Road to Restorative Justice: Essays in Honour of Tony Peters.
This book is a collection of previously unpublished essays written to honor Tony Peters on his 2001 retirement from his long and influential career as a professor of criminology at the Katholieke Universiteit, Leuven.
Leading Edge: Meet Declan Roche.
Declan Roche is researching accountability mechanisms in restorative justice processes.
New Spanish Language Section.
Restorative Justice Online has been modified recently to include a Spanish language translation of the Introduction pages. This is the first step toward expanding to include multi-lingual resources. A French translation of those pages is scheduled for the end of December.
Website of the Month: Balanced and Restorative Justice Project.
The Balanced and Restorative Justice Project (BARJ) is a restorative justice training project funded by the US Office of Juvenile Justice Delinquency Prevention and housed at Florida Atlantic University's Community Justice Institute. BARJ offers training, technical assistance, and other services for groups wanting to start restorative justice initiatives.
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