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Expanding the critical perspective of justice to suggest restorative processes and ADR as tools for reparation.
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Jon Wilhite, sole survivor of drunk-driving crash that killed Angels pitcher Nick Adenhart, gets emotional when telling teens his story

Jon Wilhite, sole survivor of drunk-driving crash that killed Angels pitcher Nick Adenhart, gets emotional when telling teens his story | Alternative Dispute Resolution, Mediation, and Restorative Justice | Scoop.it
Jon Wilhite spoke Tuesday with tears in his eyes to honor Angels pitcher Nick Adenhart and two friends killed in a drunken-driving crash eight years ago. He was the lone survivor of the crash.
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Judge to decide if Black Lives Matter protesters will face criminal charges

Judge to decide if Black Lives Matter protesters will face criminal charges | Alternative Dispute Resolution, Mediation, and Restorative Justice | Scoop.it
The case of 17 Black Lives Matter protesters arrested in Portland last summer, was back before a judge today.

It is a case that has taken several twists and turns, including a plea agreement that fell apart and a judge recusing himself from the case.

At issue today was whether or not the criminal charges should be reinstated against the protesters, now that the deal is off the table. 

It was a busy July night in the Old Port last summer when Black Lives Matter protesters descended on Commercial Street blocking the roadway. After failing to disperse police moved in arresting 17 of them.

To keep criminal charges off their records attorneys for the protesters entered into an agreement with the DA’s office. At today's hearing both sides blamed the other for the deal falling apart. The district attorney’s office wanted the protesters to attend a restorative justice session with police in two groups. The protesters wanted one session with all of them together. The meeting never happened. The assistant district attorney testified the protesters and their attorneys knew how the session would be held beforehand.  

“I heard nothing from anybody about any concerns with the filing agreements or what were the plans for restorative justice”, said Assistant District Attorney Jennifer Ackerman.

Ackerman testified the protesters were being demanding and uncooperative. The deal their attorneys signed said the session would be held as directed by the district attorneys’ office. Attorneys for the protesters said they would not have agreed to it had they known there would be no flexibility  

“You know it’s all or nothing. You take it or leave, we’ve got the power and it could have been handled in a way that didn’t have to happen”, said Tom Hallett, attorney for one of the protesters.
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Chief Justice: Non-adversarial approaches in criminal and civil law essential to “effective justice”

Chief Justice: Non-adversarial approaches in criminal and civil law essential to “effective justice” | Alternative Dispute Resolution, Mediation, and Restorative Justice | Scoop.it
At the recent Second International Conference on Non-adversarial Justice: integrating theory and practice The Honourable Wayne Martin AC Chief Justice of Western Australia noted the limitations of of a purely adversarial system and proposed  that development and expansion of the principles of non-adversarial justice is essential if the criminal and civil legal systems are to provide…
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How Syracuse school district is responding to fight that led to staff injuries

How Syracuse school district is responding to fight that led to staff injuries | Alternative Dispute Resolution, Mediation, and Restorative Justice | Scoop.it
The night after fights at Danforth Middle School sent one administrator to the hospital and injured two others, the staff held a peace circle.
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Why Would a Woman Want to Talk to the Man Who Abused Her?

Why Would a Woman Want to Talk to the Man Who Abused Her? | Alternative Dispute Resolution, Mediation, and Restorative Justice | Scoop.it
In her new documentary, Attiya Khan does just that --- and explores the possibilities of “restorative justice.”
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Mediation group plays key role in promoting justice

Editor's note: The Pacific Daily News this week is publishing a series of articles by the Judiciary of Guam in connection with Law Week.
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The Development of Therapeutic Jurisprudence: from Theory to Practice by David B. Wexler :: SSRN

This Essay formed the basis of a lecture given in October 1997 at the University of Virginia Law School, which was featuring a 25 year retrospective in developm
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Rethinking Federal Diversion: The Rise of Specialized Criminal Courts by Christine S. Scott-Hayward :: SSRN

Over the last five years, there has been a proliferation in the federal system of front-end specialized criminal courts. Most of these courts are drug courts, b
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Teen coke dealer turns down chance to avoid criminal record

Teen coke dealer turns down chance to avoid criminal record | Alternative Dispute Resolution, Mediation, and Restorative Justice | Scoop.it
Addressing the boy, Judge O’Connor told him a conviction would “leave you ruined for life” and damage his chances of employment or the chance to go to a number of countries.

However, the youth did not want to take the opportunity of taking part in the restorative justice programme.

Judge O’Connor told him that the options the court was left with were 10 community sanctions and a custodial sentence. 

He adjourned the case until a later date for a pre-sentence probation report to be furnished to the court. 
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Reasons to worry about Marshall | News, Sports, Jobs - Marshall Independent

Reasons to worry about Marshall | News, Sports, Jobs - Marshall Independent | Alternative Dispute Resolution, Mediation, and Restorative Justice | Scoop.it
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It’s Time to Talk About Restorative Justice | Seattle Weekly

It’s Time to Talk About Restorative Justice | Seattle Weekly | Alternative Dispute Resolution, Mediation, and Restorative Justice | Scoop.it
The Red Square shooting raises important questions about how the judicial system can serve victims.
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Two Views on Extending Prop 57 from San Quentin - LA Progressive

Two Views on Extending Prop 57 from San Quentin - LA Progressive | Alternative Dispute Resolution, Mediation, and Restorative Justice | Scoop.it
Extending Prop 57 -- Common wisdom says public safety requires continued incarceration of any violent criminal; common wisdom is wrong.
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Can mediation work for sexual abuse survivors?

Can mediation work for sexual abuse survivors? | Alternative Dispute Resolution, Mediation, and Restorative Justice | Scoop.it
A world-first Australian program allows sexual assault survivors to speak directly with their abusers. But does it work?
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Bitter battle between Garden City residents, officials over lake access ends with truce | KSL.com

Bitter battle between Garden City residents, officials over lake access ends with truce | KSL.com | Alternative Dispute Resolution, Mediation, and Restorative Justice | Scoop.it

A lengthy court case came to an end in July 2016 after a judge in Utah’s 1st District Court ruled in favor of the property owners. Not long after that decision was made, town leaders announced a plan to use eminent domain to claim two of the six lanes at the center of a squabble.

In December, a month before a town hall meeting was scheduled to the discuss the issue, Brown said the homeowners agreed to meet with town officials, including Spuhler and two town council members, to seek a way to resolve the issue. While the town officials didn’t agree with the judge’s ruling, they were willing to listen.

“That’s when we planted the seeds that there might be room for negotiation in this,” Brown said. “I really do believe (town officials) believed at that time that the judge made an improper decision, but we were able to convince them that there was another side to this story. And once that occurred, then I think we both started looking for a place that we could find some compromise.”

Brown added that a state ombudsman and other state officials also helped in brokering a deal.

The two sides eventually made an agreement on an alternative to the eminent domain plan — the walkway to the lake without cutting through the Shore Lodge Estates homes. This allowed the homeowners privacy while also giving other town residents and visitors and an added access to Bear Lake as town’s population tourism numbers increase.

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How an Accidental ‘Kill Switch’ Slowed Friday’s Massive Ransomware Attack

How an Accidental ‘Kill Switch’ Slowed Friday’s Massive Ransomware Attack | Alternative Dispute Resolution, Mediation, and Restorative Justice | Scoop.it
The ransomware that swept the internet isn't dead yet. But one researcher managed to at least slow it down.
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Police officer doesn't punish girl caught stealing, helps her instead

ATLANTA - When a police officer responded to a heartbreaking call, he chose sympathy over punishment. 
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‘New Advances in Restorative Justice Theory and Practice’ The Centre for Criminal Justice Studies International Conference » School of Law » University of Leeds

As a part of the Thirtieth Anniversary celebrations of Centre for Criminal Justice Studies (CCJS) at the University of Leeds, this conference will bring together and showcase research, practice and theorising about future direction and new advances in restorative justice.
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‘Inside Out Dad’ teaches incarcerated dads to be better fathers

‘Inside Out Dad’ teaches incarcerated dads to be better fathers | Alternative Dispute Resolution, Mediation, and Restorative Justice | Scoop.it
WASHINGTON COUNTY — Every Tuesday inside Purgatory Correctional Facility a special class titled "Inside Out Dad" takes place. It is a program aimed at teaching incarcerated dads how to be better fathers and one that has the potential to positively change the lives of both the inmates and their families.
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The City Managers on a Constant Quest for New Places to Fix

The City Managers on a Constant Quest for New Places to Fix | Alternative Dispute Resolution, Mediation, and Restorative Justice | Scoop.it
Their discontent with the status quo and attraction to a big challenge has led to some unexpected moves from city to city.
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Justice ministers craft plan to end court delays

Justice ministers craft plan to end court delays | Alternative Dispute Resolution, Mediation, and Restorative Justice | Scoop.it
Justice ministers from across Canada have identified priority areas for major overhaul in a bid to end chronic court delays. After a day-long emergency meeting in Gatineau, Que., the ministers mapped out a game plan to speed up the criminal justice system.
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A tale of two states: how U.S. state legislatures consider restorative justice policies

A tale of two states: how U.S. state legislatures consider restorative justice policies | Alternative Dispute Resolution, Mediation, and Restorative Justice | Scoop.it
(2017). A tale of two states: how U.S. state legislatures consider restorative justice policies. Contemporary Justice Review: Vol. 20, No. 2, pp. 255-273. doi: 10.1080/10282580.2017.1307111
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Restorative, traditional justice displayed at Senator Allen Bird | paNOW

Restorative, traditional justice displayed at Senator Allen Bird | paNOW | Alternative Dispute Resolution, Mediation, and Restorative Justice | Scoop.it
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Letter: Patience required for restorative justice model in school discipline

Letter: Patience required for restorative justice model in school discipline | Alternative Dispute Resolution, Mediation, and Restorative Justice | Scoop.it
By and large, we need to set our sights on something better than the "criminalization" that has been the longstanding response to misconduct in educational settings.
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Two former prisoners reveal how they turned their lives around after their release

Two former prisoners reveal how they turned their lives around after their release | Alternative Dispute Resolution, Mediation, and Restorative Justice | Scoop.it
For some former prisoners, the hardest part about serving time is figuring out what to do when they get out.

Between finding a place to live, earning enough money to support themselves, and adjusting to a changing society, life as an ex-inmate can be overwhelming and stressful.

For some, it can lead to re-offending. According to a study by the Bureau of Justice Statistics that examined data from 30 US states between 2005 and 2010, two thirds of released prisoners were arrested for a new crime within three years, and more than a third were arrested after just six months.

But one organization is trying to reverse those statistics. The Doe Fund, a New York City-based nonprofit that provides jobs, education, and housing to recently released male prisoners through its Ready, Willing & Able program.

"Through a combination of paid work, social services, education, and career training, the men of Ready, Willing & Able forge a path to self sufficiency," Alanna O'Donnell, media affairs manager for the Doe Fund, told Business Insider.

New participants in the program get paid to clean streets and sidewalks across New York. They continue on to training for specific trades, including culinary arts, building maintenance and pest control. Mandatory education classes teach them skills like literacy, financial management, and relapse prevention.

By the end of the program, participants are connected with job opportunities to sustain themselves and are given help applying for their own apartments.
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Some Colorado schools turning to 'restorative practices' as alternative to school punishment

Some Colorado schools turning to 'restorative practices' as alternative to school punishment | Alternative Dispute Resolution, Mediation, and Restorative Justice | Scoop.it
The concept is known as restorative practices – where issues are talked out before problems become even bigger.
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