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Influential union chief Miller dies at age 95

Influential union chief Miller dies at age 95 | Alternative Dispute Resolution, Mediation, and Restorative Justice | Scoop.it
Marvin Miller, who helped bring balance to the financial playing field of Major League Baseball as the executive director of the players union, died Tuesday. Miller, who was ill with cancer, was 95.
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Murder victim’s mother turned tears to advocacy but still wrestles with dreams of his death

Joshua Beebe, accused of killing 23-year-old Christopher Seaman in 2015, was sentenced in Palmer on what would have been Seaman's 26th birthday.
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Truck driver Michael Johnsen sentenced over fatal crash that killed dad-of-3 Noel Campilan

Truck driver Michael Johnsen sentenced over fatal crash that killed dad-of-3 Noel Campilan | Alternative Dispute Resolution, Mediation, and Restorative Justice | Scoop.it
Johnsen, of Lake Grassmere in Marlborough, apologised to the family during a restorative justice conference before court today.

Following the accident, Johnsen had been assessed as being in a "disassociated state", defence counsel Rob Harrison said.

Johnsen had no previous convictions, a clean driving record, and had driven SH1 "many, many times".

"[Johnsen] is at an absolute loss as to what has occurred," Harrison said.

"This was a momentary lapse (of attention) which had such severe consequences."

Judge John MacDonald accepted that Johnsen had drifted across the road "through some momentary inattention".

And he acknowledged that Johnsen was remorseful, giving him credit for fronting up to a restorative justice conference with family.

Johnsen was sentenced to 200 hours of community work and ordered to pay $6500 reparation to the Campilan family. He was also disqualified from driving for 18 months.
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8 Phrases That Signify Zero Respect in a Relationship

8 Phrases That Signify Zero Respect in a Relationship | Alternative Dispute Resolution, Mediation, and Restorative Justice | Scoop.it
Respect is a tricky objective to achieve with a significant other. However, it is critical for a successful relationship. There are phrases that could be called the ‘emotional vocabulary’ that either usher love in or cast it aside. When an individual in a relationship respects their partner they are saying ‘I do care.’ This respectful individual cares about their spouse’s opinions, feelings and desires even if they differ from their own. On the other hand, when an individual in a relationship is disrespectful they are saying “I don’t care.’ This disrespectful communicator is saying that they care more about their own opinions, feelings and desires. They put themselves before the emotions of their spouse. Respect means that ‘”one does not have to understand or agree with something for it to be someone else’s truth.
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In Truth and Reconciliation, First Thing’s First—The Truth 

In Truth and Reconciliation, First Thing’s First—The Truth  | Alternative Dispute Resolution, Mediation, and Restorative Justice | Scoop.it
Truth-telling needs to come first before we can begin to heal the racial divide and redress past harms.
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California Judge Rules Retailers Are Extorting Shoplifters

California Judge Rules Retailers Are Extorting Shoplifters | Alternative Dispute Resolution, Mediation, and Restorative Justice | Scoop.it
A California judge rules the practice of making shoplifters pay to avoid calling in the police "is textbook extortion under California law."
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The Lawyer as Peacemaker: Law and Community in Abraham Lincoln's Slander Cases

The Lawyer as Peacemaker: Law and Community in Abraham Lincoln's Slander Cases | Alternative Dispute Resolution, Mediation, and Restorative Justice | Scoop.it
Lincoln himself described the lawyer's role as peacemaker. In his notes for a law lecture, he wrote: "Discourage litigation. Persuade your neighbors to compromise whenever you can. Point out to them how the nominal winner is often a real loser—in fees, expenses, and waste of time. As a peacemaker the lawyer has a superior opportunity of being a good man."[7] That was a common conception of the lawyer's role in the nineteenth century.[8] After the 1880 death of Stephen Trigg Logan, Lincoln's second law partner, John T. Stuart
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(Lincoln's first law partner), observed, "Logan, in his office, was the just, ripe and safe counsellor, grasping with readiness the facts of the cases submitted to him, separating the truth from the coloring given it by the passion of the client, and readily seeing the point in the case, he was able to give sound advice, which his sense of justice directed to the right. He was not a promoter of litigations. He settled more controversies than he brought suits. He was a peace-maker."[9]
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Money has made this model obsolete--people pay for litigation not for peacemaking....how do we return to the path?
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Priest explains why he joined group that won’t work with cops | Belfast Media Group

Priest explains why he joined group that won’t work with cops | Belfast Media Group | Alternative Dispute Resolution, Mediation, and Restorative Justice | Scoop.it
Based on the Falls Road, the group opened an Ardoyne office in 2015 close to the offices of Community Restorative Justice Ireland, which works in conjunction with the PSNI.

“About a year and a half ago Jim Auld made contact with me,” said Fr Magill. “Jim was the director at that stage and he asked if I would consider joining the board. I have had an involvement with Jim over the last ten to 15 years and I said I would.”

Asked if he had an issue with the group’s stance on the PSNI, Fr Magill said: “One of the things in the role itself is that there’s a variety of different views around that particular issue. My role is concerned with governance, for example, and if there are specific issues then I can ask questions. More than anything else I would see myself as a critical friend.”

Fr Magill said he he’s been encouraged by what he’s experienced during his time with Conflict Resolution Services (Ireland).

“I must say I have been very very impressed and there’s a very high level of governance and I have been learning from that.”

When CRSI opened their Ardoyne office, Jim Auld explained their stance regarding the PSNI.

“The point of us and the PSNI is that the people we are working with wouldn’t work with the PSNI,” he said.
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Effective judging – the TJ Court Craft Series

Effective judging – the TJ Court Craft Series | Alternative Dispute Resolution, Mediation, and Restorative Justice | Scoop.it
Judicial officers who are interested in improving the way they communicate in court may be interested in the TJ Court Craft Series.   Previous blogs in the series can be accessed here. Get future posts in the series direct to your email inbox by entering your email in the right hand column and clicking "follow".…
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Albany County is Starting Restorative Justice Practices [VIDEO]

Albany County is Starting Restorative Justice Practices [VIDEO] | Alternative Dispute Resolution, Mediation, and Restorative Justice | Scoop.it
The Albany County District Attorney’s office is implementing a new piece to how they prosecute certain offenses with restorative justice practices.
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SF Prosecutors, San Quentin Inmates Form Unique Partnership

SF Prosecutors, San Quentin Inmates Form Unique Partnership | Alternative Dispute Resolution, Mediation, and Restorative Justice | Scoop.it
San Francisco District Attorney George Gascon has been quietly leading his team into San Quentin State Prison for face to face meetings with the men locked up inside. It’s an effort to humanize th
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Campolo: Don’t confuse empathy with sympathy in negotiations

Campolo: Don’t confuse empathy with sympathy in negotiations | Alternative Dispute Resolution, Mediation, and Restorative Justice | Scoop.it
The Chinese general and military strategist Sun Tzu famously wrote that the “supreme art of war is to subdue the enemy without fighting.” Using empathy at the negotiation table is the modern-day embodiment of this strategy.
A fundamental human need is to feel accepted, validated, and understood by others. This reality means that negotiation strategy is really a lesson in psychology. To get from Point A to Point B, the skilled negotiator must exploit psychological principles – and this means empathy must play a role.
A critical mistake many negotiators make is to view empathy and sympathy interchangeably, and dismiss both as weak. Don’t confuse empathy with sympathy. Merriam-Webster defines sympathy as the “inclination to think or feel alike,” a “feeling of loyalty,” and the “tendency to favor or support.”  Sympathy almost never has a place at the negotiation table. In the negotiation of a business deal or at settlement discussions, few clients would want to hear their lawyer say to their adversary, “I get it – I agree it’s terrible what you went through. So here’s the check you asked for.” The sympathetic negotiator may not be much of a negotiator.
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Keep workplace manipulators from getting the better of you by controlling how you react

Would-be bullies and other office schemers can’t “work you” if you won’t be worked.
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Less on prisons, more on prevention? California starts the shift

Less on prisons, more on prevention? California starts the shift | Alternative Dispute Resolution, Mediation, and Restorative Justice | Scoop.it
“The intent of the measure was to capture prison savings, so time had to pass in order for those savings to emerge,” said Lenore Anderson, executive director of Californians for Safety and Justice, a sponsor of the initiative. “The first thing the ballot initiative did was change the penalty for six low-level crimes, and then the subsequent savings it generated in the state prison budget as a result of those penalty changes would be reallocated to prevention treatments.”
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Extremist Must Pay $3.2M for Leveled Timbuktu Shrines

Extremist Must Pay $3.2M for Leveled Timbuktu Shrines | Alternative Dispute Resolution, Mediation, and Restorative Justice | Scoop.it
The International Criminal Court on Thursday ordered an extremist from Mali to pay $3.2 million in reparations for demolishing Sufi shrines that cemented Timbuktu’s reputation as the “City of 333 Saints.”

Ahmad al-Faqi al-Mahdi had been part of a band of Tuareg separatists who formed an offshoot of al-Qaida in the Islamic Maghreb called Ansar Dine in 2012.
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A clear record means second chances for ex-offenders

A clear record means second chances for ex-offenders | Alternative Dispute Resolution, Mediation, and Restorative Justice | Scoop.it
A second chance. That's what ex-offenders were looking for at the Charles Martin Youth Center Thursday.
The Northern Indiana Re-Entry and Restorative Justice Clinic, run by Ivy Tech, is trying to help them clear their criminal records.
The clinic uses a relatively new Indiana law to erase certain criminal records. The program was initially designed just for students, but was so successful, the clinic's leaders decided to expand.
"We always kept an eye on any news that we saw that was relevant. We thought to making some changes in the criminal justice system," says B. Irene Britt, Co-Director for NIRRJC.
She says the new law is great news. Britt says a clean record opens a lot of doors for ex-offenders.
Students are able to pursue degrees in fields they might not have otherwise, like teaching or nursing.
"Many people who get involved in criminal acts are young at the time these things happen. By the time they get in their mid-thirties, mid-forties, they're so far removed from those events that they're different people," Britt says.
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PRINCETON: School district to re-examine policy on suspensions

PRINCETON: School district to re-examine policy on suspensions | Alternative Dispute Resolution, Mediation, and Restorative Justice | Scoop.it
Student discipline in the Princeton school district is getting a fresh look, with the Board of Education questioning how and when students get suspended from school.
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How Dallas Educators Rethink Discipline to Restore Humanity in Schools - EdSurge News

How Dallas Educators Rethink Discipline to Restore Humanity in Schools - EdSurge News | Alternative Dispute Resolution, Mediation, and Restorative Justice | Scoop.it
The Innovation Design and Entrepreneurship Academy (IDEA) serves 330 students in grades 9 through 11. Students come to the school from 39 differen
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Community comes together to help clean yard for man with cancer

A community coming together to help a family in need after a Tucson woman asked for help to clean her yard after her husband became ill. 
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This doesn't sound like a Justice solution, but it's about building community capacity.
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A Collaborative Vision for Reforming Criminal Justice

A Collaborative Vision for Reforming Criminal Justice | Alternative Dispute Resolution, Mediation, and Restorative Justice | Scoop.it
Recognizing that our local governments can no longer afford to continue performing services that are duplicative or fail to deliver desired outcomes, Spokane County and the city of Spokane have jointly committed to a regional partnership to find a better way. Our mission is to effectively change our predominantly offense-based, punishment-focused criminal-justice system into one that is offender-based and rehabilitation-focused.
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BC NDP government seeks restorative-justice system for some offences

BC NDP government seeks restorative-justice system for some offences | Alternative Dispute Resolution, Mediation, and Restorative Justice | Scoop.it
The NDP committed to the approach in its platform and Solicitor-General Mike Farnworth said his ministry will now be working through the details to make it a reality
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Reactions from Restorative Justice at Riverton Wal-Mart

Reactions from Restorative Justice at Riverton Wal-Mart | Alternative Dispute Resolution, Mediation, and Restorative Justice | Scoop.it
News 13’s Landon Harrar spoke with 15 regular everyday shoppers about their take on police stationed at Wal-Mart, specifically to catch shoplifters, everyone agreed it’s been a good idea to eliminate the shoplifting problem.
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How Activists Turned a Bad Massachusetts Bill Into a Great Law | Leafly

How Activists Turned a Bad Massachusetts Bill Into a Great Law | Leafly | Alternative Dispute Resolution, Mediation, and Restorative Justice | Scoop.it
Legislators nearly killed the best parts of the state's legalization law. Then local activists stepped to help create a gold-standard set of regulations.
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Daughter of slain sheriff’s deputy asks Va. governor to stop execution of her father’s killer

Daughter of slain sheriff’s deputy asks Va. governor to stop execution of her father’s killer | Alternative Dispute Resolution, Mediation, and Restorative Justice | Scoop.it
William Morva’s execution is set for Thursday.
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Pensioner blinded over dog droppings

Pensioner blinded over dog droppings | Alternative Dispute Resolution, Mediation, and Restorative Justice | Scoop.it
 A Dunedin pensioner was partially blinded in one eye when he was attacked by a woman after he asked her to clean up after her dog.
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A case from New Zealand where RJ did not work out.  It's unclear why the victim & offender were unable to meet, but in some ways it appears that the offender may not be completely remorseful...see comments about she doesn't understand why the victim reacted as he had over dog droppings.
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LA County may use public health money to hire gang workers

LA County may use public health money to hire gang workers | Alternative Dispute Resolution, Mediation, and Restorative Justice | Scoop.it
Supervisors may shift $190,000 of public health funds to hire eight intervention workers for Parks After Dark. They would initially work at two South L.A. parks.

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