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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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Two art exhibits, from victims & offenders, help Brattleboro Community Justice Center celebrate 10 years

Posted by on Nov 11, 2013 in Justice

Two art exhibits, from victims & offenders, help Brattleboro Community Justice Center celebrate 10 years

Brattleboro Community Justice Center (Vermont, USA) presented two exhibits at the city’s monthly art gallery walk to commemorate its 10th anniversary and to recognize restorative justice week, which is celebrated from November 17 to 24 in Canada and other places. Deborah Lee Luskin, for The Commons Online, explains the first exhibit this way: “Saving a Place at the Table” serves to honor and remember Vermonters who have been victims of violent crime. The exhibit features table-place settings for those killed by criminal violence and...

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Restorative justice program gearing up in Solano County, California

Posted by on Nov 7, 2013 in Justice

Restorative justice program gearing up in Solano County, California

The Solano County Bar Association (California), headed by Julie Hilt, executive director, is working to implement a restorative justice program for at-risk youth in the county, and also develop partnerships for building community with schools and others. “We’re going to start with kids in diversion from the courts,” said Hilt. Later she hopes to apply for grants so the program can be developed to include adults in the criminal justice system and the jails. The process of starting the program has involved building relationships and support...

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Video: Restorative practices in criminal justice: Panel from 16th World Conference

Posted by on Nov 6, 2013 in Justice, Video

Video: Restorative practices in criminal justice: Panel from 16th World Conference

This video includes the entire plenary session from day one of the IIRP’s 16th World Conference on the topic of restorative practices in the criminal justice system. Dr. Craig Adamson, IIRP Assistant Professor and Director of Community Service Foundation / Buxmont Academy, moderated the panel. The panelists were, in order of presentation: Vidia Negrea (minute 8:00), director of Community Service Foundation of Hungary, which is implementing restorative practices in various fields. Recently she developed a collaboration with a prison that...

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New Zealand tannery requests restorative justice after injuring workers

Posted by on Oct 31, 2013 in Justice

New Zealand tannery requests restorative justice after injuring workers

In Wanganui, New Zealand, a city striving to become a restorative city, a company that “failed to ensure its employees’ safety after a toxic leak,” according to the court reporter for the Wanganui Chronicle, has pled guilty in court and is now requesting a restorative justice conference between the company and the injured workers. The report states: “The leak on November 2 last year saw 21 workers exposed to hydrogen sulphide after a mix-up of chemicals. Two workers were in hospital for a week. … The section 6...

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Video: Who are the bad guys in Britain’s prisons?

Posted by on Oct 30, 2013 in Justice, Video

Video: Who are the bad guys in Britain’s prisons?

It’s great to see more and more TedX talks tackling issues of restorative practices from a variety of perspectives. Here’s a recent talk given by Symeon Brown at TedX Southwark in the UK. According to his bio, “Symeon has worked at the Howard League for Penal Reform with young men and women in custody, founded a grassroots youth project HYPE and was the senior researcher of the Guardian and London School of Economics investigation into the England riots.” Symeon begins his talk by looking at crime in terms of Saturday...

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16th World Conference – Day 2 Liveblog

Posted by on Oct 22, 2013 in Featured, Higher Education, Justice, Leadership, Schools

16th World Conference – Day 2 Liveblog

08.44 - Joshua Wachtel What a great day yesterday! Looking forward to this morning’s plenary on restorative practices in schools starting soon. 08.54 - Joshua Wachtel Plenary panel topic: “The Successes and Challenges of Implementing Restorative Practices In Schools” Dr. John Bailie, IIRP assistant professor and director of continuing education, will moderate the panel and focus discussion on how panelists are tackling the challenges of embedding restorative practices in school systems, asking, “How do you shift...

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16th World Conference – Day 1 Liveblog

Posted by on Oct 21, 2013 in Featured, Higher Education, Justice, Leadership, Schools

16th World Conference – Day 1 Liveblog

09.02 - Joshua Wachtel We’re liveblogging this morning from the first plenary session at the IIRP’s 16th World Conference. Ted Wachtel says, “I hope you’re here for the same reason that I’m here. Because Restorative Works…” 09.14 - Joshua Wachtel Dr. Craig Adamson, IIRP Assistant Professor and Director of Community Service Foundation / Buxmont Academy, introducing the first panel. Says he hopes this to be a participatory event. 09.22 - Joshua Wachtel Craig Adamson says CSF/Buxmont is launching a...

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