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IIRP welcomes new lecturer Borbála Fellegi

Posted by on Apr 20, 2015 in Community, Europe, IIRP Graduate School

IIRP welcomes new lecturer Borbála Fellegi

The IIRP welcomes Borbála Fellegi, Ph.D., who will join the IIRP faculty in July 2015 as lecturer. A resident of Budapest, Hungary, Borbála is a researcher, mediator, conference and peacemaking-circle facilitator, as well as a trainer and lecturer in restorative justice, restorative practices and mediation.

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Action research in a Hungarian village

Posted by on Apr 17, 2015 in Community, Europe, IIRP Europe Conference 2015, Video

Action research in a Hungarian village

Dr. Borbála Fellegi, PhD., director of Foresee Research Group, introduces her work exploring the benefits and challenges of conflict resolution processes in a Hungarian village. She will present on her research at the IIRP Europe Conference, “From Dream to Reality: Dawning of the New Social Science” in Budapest, Hungary, June 10-12, 2015.

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Netherlands’ mayor invites village to a family group conference

Posted by on Feb 12, 2015 in Community, Europe

Netherlands’ mayor invites village to a family group conference

Watch a video trailer for Letter of the Mayor, a documentary showing what happens when a community struggling with a variety of quality of life issues comes together in a Family Group Conference to build relationships and solve their problems themselves.

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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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