Restorative justice emphasizes repairing the harm caused by crime. When victims, offenders and community members meet to decide how to do that, the results can be transformational.
To see how this approach is changing all aspects of criminal justice, visit the rooms above, the map to the right and the blog below.
Restorative group conferencing and sexting: Repairing harm in Wright County
from the article by Nancy Riestenberg:
Three years ago, in a middle school in Wright County, Minnesota, students discovered sexually explicit pictures of a student on the cell phone of her boyfriend. The students ran to the bathroom with the cell phone and sent the pictures on to eight other students. By the time the adults in the school discovered them, many student cell phones had received the pictures. The administration asked the school resource officer from the Sheriff’s Office to investigate. Potentially many students could be charged with sending or receiving sexually explicit pictures of a minor, a felony offense. What was the County Attorney going to do?
Victim-offender service closed
from the announcement from the Restorative Justice Centre:
The Restorative Just Centre (RJC) is appalled and deeply distressed to announce that it has been forced to close its victim offender conference service in Tshwane, as a result of government’s withdrawal of funding. The RJC is the only organisation providing this type of service in Tshwane.
Greg Wilhoit: an innocent man dies (RIP) Feb. 14, 2014
from the article by Lisa Rea:
This blog article is in memory of exoneree Greg Wilhoit who passed on Feb. 14, 2014 in Sacramento, California. I first wrote about Greg’s life in 2010 posted here through rjonline.org.
Mar 05, 2014 Correspondent:Lisa Rea
Thief wants to work with victims
from the article in The Dominion Post:
Confusion reigned in a court after a woman who stole from a restorative justice service asked to go through a restorative justice process facilitated by the same organisation.
During her appearance in Masterton District Court on Monday, Daniella Marie Kingi, 20, pleaded guilty to all three charges and told the court through her lawyer Frank Minehan that she wanted to go through a restorative justice process with victims of two thefts.
But there was a catch - one of the victims, Wairarapa Restorative Justice Services, was also in charge of facilitating the process.
Children’s right to participate: Implications for school discipline
from the article by Mariëtte Reyneke:
Children’s rights are often divided into prevention, protection and participation rights. The right to be heard or the right to express views are some of the manifestations of the participation rights of children. One of the main points of contention in the children’s rights debate pertaining to participation rights is to find a balance between, on the one hand, the child’s lack of full autonomy and capacity, and, on the other, the recognition that the child is an active subject of human rights, with an own personality, integrity and ability to participate freely in society.
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