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Serious offenders make a change

Posted by on Jul 31, 2014 in Community, Justice

Serious offenders make a change

Across the state of Vermont, nearly 50 serious offenders, who are considered high-risk to reoffend, are meeting weekly with small teams of volunteers who have signed on to hold them accountable for their past criminal behavior and to support them to become contributing members of society. These offenders have very little family and community support, and Circles of Accountability, or CoSAs, are formed around the released offenders to help them make the transition back to the community.

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Jamaica on the long road to social restoration

Posted by on Jun 25, 2014 in Community, Justice

Jamaica on the long road to social restoration

“My goal is to make Jamaica a restorative country,” said Carol Palmer, Permanent Secretary of the Jamaican Ministry of Justice. This article looks at the establishment of seven Community Restorative Justice Centers working officially in 11 communities and other efforts in Jamaica to spread restorative justice to communities, the criminal justice system and schools.

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Video: Progress on the road to restore the Motor City

Posted by on Dec 18, 2013 in Community, Video

Video: Progress on the road to restore the Motor City

Henry McClendon, a pastor, program officer with the Skillman Foundation and IIRP licensed trainer and board member, delivered this talk at the IIRP’s 16th World Conference in October, 2013, in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, USA. View “Henry McClendon: Progress on the Road to Restorative the Motor City” on...

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Guest blog: Robert Koehler: Hope flows from hollow water

Posted by on Oct 9, 2013 in Community

Guest blog: Robert Koehler: Hope flows from hollow water

In this piece, journalist Robert Koehler unearths one of the roots of the restorative justice movement in the work of an indigenous community in Manitoba that reached “deep into their souls and into the roots of a lost way of life, to save their children and the future.” Sincere thanks to Koehler for allowing us to repost this piece in full. The community was out of control — the children, oh my God, the children, were sniffing gasoline and pretty much abandoning any pretense of a future — and the social and criminal-justice...

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Swansea, Wales, UK, on the path to becoming a restorative city

Posted by on Sep 5, 2013 in Community

Swansea, Wales, UK, on the path to becoming a restorative city

Hilary Davies, the restorative practices project manager for the city and county of Swansea, Wales, UK, wrote the following post to discuss the region’s efforts to become a restorative city. “It’ll change your life, it’ll change you!” These are the opinions of Chelsea who was excluded from two comprehensive schools due to bad behaviour resulting in her being moved to a pupil referral unit. As the only girl out of 13 boys in the class, she found this tough, and there were times when she’d ‘kick off’ and retreat to the corner of the...

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Restorative zones: IIRP’s John Bailie to present at the Fourth National Conference on Restorative Justice

Posted by on Jun 17, 2013 in Community

Restorative zones: IIRP’s John Bailie to present at the Fourth National Conference on Restorative Justice

This Friday, June 21, at 9:15 am, IIRP assistant professor and director of continuing education Dr. John Bailie will present a breakout session titled, “Restorative Schools and Restorative Zones: A Whole-Community Approach to Limiting Youth Contact with Police and Justice Systems,” at the Fourth National Conference on Restorative Justice in Toledo, Ohio. The theme for the conference is “Keepin’ It Real – Race and Restorative Justice.” John sent along the following to describe the scope of his talk, which is...

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Reports on interagency and neighborhood restorative practices project in Dublin, Ireland

Posted by on May 30, 2013 in Community

Reports on interagency and neighborhood restorative practices project in Dublin, Ireland

The Irish Independent reports on a restorative practices program in Tallaght, a large neighborhood in Dublin, Ireland. In addition to having trained teachers in schools, the program also involves youth workers, local authorities and members of the community and has been carried out by the Childhood Development Initiative (CDI). According to the piece, “A survey found six out of ten people in the community said relationships were better between service providers and users, 47% reported improvements with work colleagues, and 14% said they...

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Peacebuilding in Rwanda through children’s literature

Posted by on May 28, 2013 in Community

Peacebuilding in Rwanda through children’s literature

During the school year, Kristen Swanson teaches middle school at Pennridge School District in eastern Pennsylvania, USA. But this summer she will be leading a group to the nation of Rwanda in Africa to provide a learning experience for a new generation of children’s writers. Rwanda, which is still recovering from the genocide committed there in the 1990s, will welcome Kristen and a team of experienced writers to Kigali, the nation’s capital, to deliver a writing workshop. The team’s goal is to “build a culture of books starting with the...

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Delaware forges partnership across youth-serving sectors

Posted by on May 14, 2013 in Community

Delaware forges partnership across youth-serving sectors

Last month John Bailie, IIRP’s Director of Continuing Education, was invited to speak at a conference in the state of Delaware, U.S.A., called “Partnering for Educational Success: Helping Youth in Care.” The overall focus was to explore how people could begin to better serve youth in their respective counties by working together across schools, the juvenile justice system and social work. Sponsors of the conference included the Family Court of Delaware, the Delaware Department of Education, the Department of Children, Youth and Their...

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A proposal to use restorative circles to respond to Boston bombings

Posted by on Apr 24, 2013 in Community, Justice, Leadership, Schools

A proposal to use restorative circles to respond to Boston bombings

Pierre R. Berastaín, a student at Harvard Divinity School, proposes that restorative circle processes be used to address the violence last week at the Boston Marathon, and the frayed feelings of people throughout the city of Boston and elsewhere. Writing on a Huffington Post blog, in a piece titled “Restorative Justice: Re-storying What Happened in Boston,” Berastaín reflects that “Nothing is over; nothing returns to normal,” but he offers a suggestion: [R]estorative practices [can] help us deal with trauma, as these...

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