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.
Dan Van Ness: Restorative justice and the problem of minority over-representation
Over-representation of minorities in the criminal justice system is a problem around the world. It raises questions about the fairness of the justice system itself and of how larger social justice problems influence the justice system.
Does restorative justice work? An evaluation of the restorative justice programmes of Phoenix Zululand
from the chapter by Geoff Harris:
This chapter provides a case study of a bottom-up restorative justice intervention aimed at encouraging prisoners to take responsibility for their behaviour and at transforming relationships between prisoners and their families. From focus groups and interviews with ex-prisoners and their families, the study found that forgiveness and reconciliation was frequently achieved, a finding which has important implications for the extremely high levels of recidivism in South Africa.
Restorative justice in cases of domestic violence
...Intimate partner violence [IVP] may comprise a number of different behaviours, causes or sources of violence and consequences for victims and their children. Nevertheless, it is crucial to distinguish between coercive control in intimate relationships (intimate terrorism) and situational couple violence.
In contrast to situational couple violence, intimate terrorism refers to recurrent, escalating violent acts in combination with the exercise of power and control: the victim is isolated and lives in permanent fear. Partner violence takes place on a continuum, with severely traumatized and isolated vulnerable victims living in fear,to strong victims who have support from family, friends and advocates.
Mar 09, 2015
TEA grant to School of Social Work Will take innovative discipline program statewide
from the University of Texas press release:
School and district administrators across Texas will be offered training in Restorative Discipline, an alternative to “zero tolerance” methods, through a grant from the Texas Education Agency to the Institute for Restorative Justice and Restorative Dialogue (IRJRD) at The University of Texas at Austin School of Social Work.
Restorative Discipline is a prevention-oriented approach that fosters accountability and amends-making to resolve school conflict such as bullying, truancy and disruptive behavior. The $521,000 grant will be used to conduct training sessions in Restorative Discipline in 10 Education Service Centers, which provide support to school districts and charter schools throughout the state....
Julie and Anthony’s story
After Anthony, 15, lost his temper during a game of football and assaulted another boy, he was offered the chance to take part in a restorative justice conference. Here, Anthony and his mum Julie explain how it helped them to move on from the incident and deal with his behaviour.
Anthony: I was playing football and there was a lad there called Ben*. He had come out with me and my friends a few times before but I didn't really know him well. During the game I thought that Ben had kicked me but he hadn't really done anything. I got really angry. I just lost it for no reason whatsoever. After the game as he was walking off I chased after him and as he turned around I hit him in the face and cut his eye open. After that I just ran home....
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