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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.

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Victims at the heart of our justice system

from the article by Scott Simpson in Sun Media:

Since 2008 the Government has been working hard to put victims at the heart of our justice system, because we know they deserve and need our support.

Laws can't change the past, or take away the pain victims may have suffered, but they can provide protection and support services....

Dec 19, 2014    , , ,

An alternative to suspension and expulsion: 'Circle up!'

from the story by Eric Westervelt on NPR:

Oakland Unified, one of California's largest districts, has been a national leader in expanding restorative justice. The district is one-third African-American and more than 70 percent low-income. The program was expanded after a federal civil rights agreement in 2012 to reduce school discipline inequity for African-American students.

At Edna Brewer Middle School, the fact that students are taking the lead — that so many want to be part of this effort — shows that it's starting to take root.

"Instead of throwing a punch, they're asking for a circle, they're backing off and asking to mediate it peacefully with words," says Ta-Biti Gibson, the school's restorative justice co-director. "And that's a great thing."

Dec 18, 2014    , , , , ,

'No option' but to remand case

from the article in Otago Daily Times:

A former Central Otago policeman who admitted making an intimate visual recording of a teenager showering, using a police-issued iPhone, will have to wait until next year for his application for a discharge without conviction to be heard....

Regardless, Judge Phillips said he intended to adjourn the matter based on other concerns.

"I would want the victim here to be independently spoken to and a detailed victim statement obtained of her independently . . . I am concerned about it all. She is entirely unrepresented here."

Dec 18, 2014    , , , ,

The new face of county justice

from the article in Mille Lacs Messenger:

Walsh has experience as an attorney in private practice and said this about his upcoming venture of being the new Mille Lacs County Attorney:

“I am honored and humbled to be chosen as your next county attorney. Over the past year, I have made a personal effort to show that I favor leadership by example over mere words and am willing to work hard to earn your trust. That will continue as I begin to do the hard work of representing the people of Mille Lacs County. This office belongs to the people, and I will do everything in my power to protect our residents and rebuild our community when it has been harmed.”

Dec 17, 2014    , ,

Racist attack on bus: Offender's Youth Justice Conference

from the article by Lisa Robinson in The Sydney Morning Herald:

A teenager involved in an anti-Semitic attack on a bus full of young Jewish students will visit the Sydney Jewish Museum as part of an agreed settlement with NSW police and the Jewish community.

The teenager attended a youth justice conference on Waverley Council Library on Tuesday, where he faced one of his victims and her family.

As well as touring the Sydney Jewish Museum, the youth will also enrol in a school harmony project run by the NSW Jewish Board of Deputies.

Dec 16, 2014    , , ,

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