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

Posted by on Nov 6, 2013 in Justice, Video

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 led to the successful application of family group decision making/family group conferencing to support the prisoner reintegration and re-entry process. Lisa Bedinger (minute 18:30), coordinator for...

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University of Florida using restorative practices on campus

Posted by on Nov 5, 2013 in Higher Education

Brianna Donet of WUFT, National Public Radio from the University of Florida, reports, “Restorative justice is gaining popularity among college campuses, including at the University of Florida.” The report continues: Restorative justice practices are providing new avenues for describing justice and addressing law violations, Chris Loschiavo, Assistant Dean of Students, and Director of Student Conduct and Conflict Resolution, said. These practices focus on the needs of the victims, the offenders and the community, instead of simply working to punish the offender, he said. “It’s a different philosophical look at crimes and violations of rules, with the focus being on the community and repair of harm to the community,” Loschiavo...

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New Zealand tannery requests restorative justice after injuring workers

Posted by on Oct 31, 2013 in Justice

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 charge carries a maximum fine of $250,000 and judges may, at their discretion, also order emotional harm reparations to be paid. “Tasman Tanning has requested a restorative justice conference with...

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

Posted by on Oct 30, 2013 in Justice, Video

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 morning comics (which everyone loves!) but then turns to the topic of “Who are the real bad guys in Britain’s jails?” He says that the vast majority are children, mentally ill and...

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Guest blog: Dr. Susan Leigh Deppe: Understanding emotion in restorative practices

Posted by on Oct 29, 2013 in Uncategorized

Susan Leigh Deppe, MD, offered a popular two-part session at IIRP’s 16th World Conference on emotion, affect theory and restorative practices. The piece below describes some of the main points of her presentation. SO THAT’S WHAT’S GOING ON! UNDERSTANDING EMOTION IN RESTORATIVE PRACTICES Communities and schools struggle with behaviors such as crime, bullying, rudeness, and violence. These echo popular culture, where people often act macho and explosive. Actions and attitudes are absorbed out of awareness from the emotional milieu surrounding us, whether family, media, faith community, or schools. Our emotional patterns are sculpted by life experience. People who manage emotion poorly are more likely to be alienated from others or...

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16th World Conference – Day 3 Liveblog

Posted by on Oct 23, 2013 in Featured

09.00 - Joshua Wachtel Day Three about to begin! 09.04 - Laura Mirsky Greetings from Day Three of the IIRP’s 16th World Conference, “Restorative Works: What Works, What Doesn’t, How and Why.” Today, the final day of the conference, the plenary panel topic is: “Restorative Practices in Faith Communities.” Bruce Schenk, director of IIRP Canada, a Lutheran pastor and formerly a multi-faith chaplain at Brookside Youth Centre in Cobourg, ON, Canada, is moderating the panel, including: • Tom Albright, who with his wife, Carolyn, leads RIPPLE, an emerging Anabaptist missional community in Allentown, PA, USA, which is intentional about teaching and implementing restorative practices. • Anne Martin, director of...

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16th World Conference – Day 2 Liveblog

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

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 educators’ practice to be more restorative in the long term? How does RP support or rub against existing policy? What are the gaps that need to be addressed? What new directions do you suggest?”...

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16th World Conference – Day 1 Liveblog

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

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 “restorative reporting center” to work with very high risk adjudicated youth to reduce recidivism. He says the program really engages families every step of the way. Two and a half years into...

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Catholic schools adapt restorative practices

Posted by on Oct 16, 2013 in Schools

According to a piece in the St. Louis Review, a publication of the Archdiocese of St. Louis, Catholic schools there  and in several other states are adapting restorative practices to a Catholic-school context with great success. In the article titled, “Restoring a safe, positive, welcome for all students,” writer Joseph Kenny begins: Fourteen schools in the Archdiocese of St. Louis have become certified as virtue-based restorative discipline (VBRD) schools, addressing bullying issues through Catholic identity and restoring a safe, positive and welcoming environment for all. Designed to decrease anti-social behaviors and increase faith practices, the initiative developed in the Archdiocese of St. Louis “challenges us to...

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Restorative justice helps all parties

Posted by on Oct 15, 2013 in Justice

David Karp, a professor of sociology at Skidmore College, recently wrote an op-ed piece for the Albany, New York, Times Union arguing for broader use of restorative justice. Here are several anecdotes used to illustrate the point: On Labor Day weekend, a large group of teenagers held an unauthorized party at the Rensselaer County vacation home of ex-NFL player Brian Holloway. Pictures from the party and accusations by Holloway that it caused $20,000 in damage have caused a media sensation. So far, six teenagers have been arrested. As the victim of an alleged crime, Holloway is understandably angry, and many of the teenagers and their parents are anxious about potential criminal consequences. Rather than resolving this in court, using a...

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