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Hungarian practitioner joins Trustees

Posted by on Aug 27, 2014 in IIRP Graduate School, Justice

Hungarian practitioner joins Trustees

“When they use restorative practices, professionals suddenly get back their self-esteem,” says Vidia Negrea, director of Community Service Foundation of Hungary. Negrea was appointed this month by the International Institute for Restorative Practices (IIRP) Board of Trustees.

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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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Circle process helps hold youth accountable for drinking, driving, drug offenses

Posted by on May 27, 2014 in Justice

Circle process helps hold youth accountable for drinking, driving, drug offenses

St. Croix Valley Restorative Justice Program (SCVRJP), based in River Falls, Wisconsin, USA, has developed a unique practice for working with young adults who have been arrested for crimes such as underage drinking, possession of drugs and paraphernalia, disorderly conduct and teen driving offenses.

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Restorative practices improve outcomes and relationships in criminal justice and education settings across Latin America

Posted by on May 27, 2014 in Justice

Restorative practices improve outcomes and relationships in criminal justice and education settings across Latin America

The Latin American Institute of Restorative Practices, IIRP’s affiliate based in Lima, Peru, has been working for three years to foster the development of restorative practices throughout South America and in Mexico. Jean Schmitz, director of ILAPR, and his colleagues, have provided basic restorative practices training to approximately 1,000 people in seven countries and are having an impact in the fields of education and criminal justice.

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Restorative responses to sexual abuse by clergy

Posted by on May 19, 2014 in Faith Communities, Justice, Video

Restorative responses to sexual abuse by clergy

In this short video segment, Les Davey, chief executive of IIRP Europe, discusses work his organization has done in Ireland with victims of sexual abuse by clergy, including restorative conferences.

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Restorative justice changing the face of juvenile justice across Idaho

Posted by on Apr 28, 2014 in Justice, Video

Restorative justice changing the face of juvenile justice across Idaho

There’s a restorative revolution taking place across the U.S. state of Idaho, originating in the field of juvenile justice and radiating out to schools and communities. It began a few years ago and is being driven by a mostly rural eight-county district in south central Idaho.

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Martin Wright reviews Forging Justice: A Restorative Justice Mystery

Posted by on Apr 7, 2014 in Justice

Martin Wright reviews Forging Justice: A Restorative Justice Mystery

“A good read, with a realistic introduction to restorative practice as a bonus.” Police detective Claire Cassidy was disillusioned after twelve years pursuing young people – often the same ones repeatedly – in the decaying steel town of Bethlehem, Pennsylvania. The story mainly follows the case of one teenage girl gang who rob a convenience store.

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UK Ministry of Justice allocates 29 million pounds for restorative justice

Posted by on Nov 21, 2013 in Justice

UK Ministry of Justice allocates 29 million pounds for restorative justice

According to a number of reports in the UK, including this one from the Belfast Telegraph: At least £29 million will be made available over the next three years for restorative justice – the process of bringing those whose lives have been ruined by crime or conflict together with those responsible for the harm. A recent study by the Ministry of Justice (MoJ) linked the conferencing process with a 14% cut in re-offending, while 85% of victims who took part said they were satisfied with the experience. … For the remaining six months...

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Guest blog/book review: Forging Justice: The goods on a good story

Posted by on Nov 14, 2013 in Justice, Schools

Guest blog/book review: Forging Justice: The goods on a good story

Anne Martin, director of restorative practices for Shalem Mental Health Network in Ontario, Canada, recently reviewed Margaret Murray’s new mystery, Forging Justice. Police Detective Claire Cassidy, the protagonist of Margaret Murray’s recently published novel Forging Justice: A Restorative Justice Mystery, is ready to quit her job. When it appears that Pee Wee Lebovitch has reoffended, this time killing an elderly woman, and three teenage girls have brutally attacked a storeowner leaving him in a coma, Claire has had it. She feels she...

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