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Can restorative practices prevent war?

Posted by on Jul 23, 2015 in Justice

Can restorative practices prevent war?

In the violent borderlands of Pakistan and Afghanistan, restorative justice practitioner Ali Gohar, founder of Just Peace Initiatives, has worked to reinvigorate and reinvent traditional conflict resolution practices.

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Peace Alliance embraces restorative practices

Posted by on Jun 30, 2015 in Justice

Peace Alliance embraces restorative practices

The Peace Alliance, a national grassroots advocacy group that promotes practical methods for reducing violence, transforming conflict and enhancing cooperation, embraces restorative practices as a most promising and rewarding peacebuilding tool.

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Featured Presenter: Vidia Negrea

Posted by on May 7, 2015 in Justice

Featured Presenter: Vidia Negrea

Vidia Negrea will be a featured presenter at the IIRP Europe 2015 conference. The conference, entitled “From Dream to Reality: Dawning of a New Social Science,” will be held June 10-12, 2015, in Budapest, Hungary.

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Chaplain touts restorative justice for Canada’s prisons

Posted by on Apr 24, 2015 in Canada, Justice

Chaplain touts restorative justice for Canada’s prisons

A Quaker chaplain, social worker and restorative justice practitioner says restorative justice is an effective way to make life safer for corrections officers, cheaper for the taxpayer and helps rehabilitate offenders into the community.

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UK needs nat. association of volunteer restorative practitioners

Posted by on Feb 19, 2015 in Europe, Justice

UK needs nat. association of volunteer restorative practitioners

In this guest post, Ian D. Marder, Ph.D. student, School of Law, University of Leeds, UK, and Founder, Community of Restorative Researchers, argues that given the increasingly widespread use of volunteer restorative facilitators, a national organization could strengthen their work for everyone’s benefit.

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Healing the dark undercurrent of sexual violence

Posted by on Jan 28, 2015 in Europe, Justice

Healing the dark undercurrent of sexual violence

One in Four, a Dublin, Ireland-based organization that works to support adult victims of childhood sexual abuse, offers restorative services for clients and uses the practices to provide a new level of support and structure for staff.

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Hungarian practitioner joins Trustees

Posted by on Aug 27, 2014 in Europe, 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 and Family, 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 and Family, 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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