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Alternative Dispute Resolution, Mediation, and Restorative Justice
Expanding the critical perspective of justice to suggest restorative processes and ADR as tools for reparation.
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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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Prison savings coming back to LA in form of social programs

Prison savings coming back to LA in form of social programs | Alternative Dispute Resolution, Mediation, and Restorative Justice | Scoop.it
Nearly $36 million will flow into L.A. County to fight recidivism over the next few years — money all saved through Proposition 47.
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Restorative Justice facilitators will reduce conflcits- Chuck

Restorative Justice facilitators will reduce conflcits- Chuck | Alternative Dispute Resolution, Mediation, and Restorative Justice | Scoop.it
Minister of Justice Delroy Chuck has said that with new restorative justice facilitators being engaged, violent interpersonal conflicts should be reduced.

The minister, who was addressing a graduation ceremony for a new batch of facilitators at the Constant Spring Road, St Andrew, offices of the ministry on May 26, said their task is crucial to curbing the culture of retribution in the settling of disputes.

Chuck said the new facilitators should regard themselves as "problem solvers", and with the training they have received and the interventions that they will be making, the "tide" of high skirmishes will be "turned".
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Spotsylvania schools exploring less punitive responses to misbehavior

Spotsylvania schools exploring less punitive responses to misbehavior | Alternative Dispute Resolution, Mediation, and Restorative Justice | Scoop.it
The whole thing apparently started as horseplay.

But not everyone was in on the joke, and tempers flared between three students at Battlefield Middle School in Spotsylvania County. A minor scuffle broke out in the hallway.

Later, Assistant Principal Laura Pinkerton asked the students to sit in a circle of chairs and discuss one another’s feelings. The strategy proved effective, she said.

“The moment those kids were allowed to speak and say … how they felt when it happened, really, light bulbs went off in all three minds,” Pinkerton said.

The case is a small example of restorative practices, which aim to mend relationships and change behavior rather than just punish students. Battlefield Middle plans to pilot the method next school year amid a nationwide push to rethink inflexible discipline policies.

The Spotsylvania School Board recently gave initial approval to a revised Code of Conduct that says schools may use restorative practices to help students develop empathy and understand the impact of their actions on others. “A key principle of restorative practices is an understanding that every instance of wrongdoing or conflict is an opportunity for learning, and that despite these negative behaviors, relationships can be restored and harm can be repaired,” the policy states.

Restorative practices are an offshoot of restorative justice. Cases can involve conferences with victims, offenders and their relatives. Students must face anyone harmed by their actions and discuss ways to repair the damage, which could be as simple as an apology.
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Restorative Justice Facilitators Will Reduce Conflicts - Chuck - Jamaica Information Service

Restorative Justice Facilitators Will Reduce Conflicts - Chuck - Jamaica Information Service | Alternative Dispute Resolution, Mediation, and Restorative Justice | Scoop.it
Minister of Justice, Hon. Delroy Chuck, says with new Restorative Justice Facilitators being engaged, violent interpersonal conflicts should be reduced. The Minister, who was addressing a graduation ceremony for a new batch  of Facilitators, at the Constant Spring Road offices … Continued
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Some California Marijuana Convictions Go Up in Smoke

Some California Marijuana Convictions Go Up in Smoke | Alternative Dispute Resolution, Mediation, and Restorative Justice | Scoop.it
The case was so old that the court file was incomplete.
A prosecutor rifling through papers wondered whether he was eligible for relief. He had 8.5 pounds of marijuana, she said. The file noted psychedelic mushrooms were also found, and she questioned whether the discovery of guns made him a threat.
Schlauch, 58, was never charged with a gun offense. He said the registered weapons were unloaded and locked in a safe. His only conviction was for possession with intent to sell marijuana, Margolin said.
The judge flipped through the fat penal code book to review the new law.
"I don't see any reasonable risk of danger. It seems like he's entitled," Judge Martin Herscovitz said. "The petition is granted."
It barely took five minutes to lift a weight he had carried so long. He never had to say a thing or show he had turned his life around. He bounded from the courtroom, elated.
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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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Australia continues to move toward RJ.....
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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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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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Sacramento lawmakers want to blow up California’s bail system - Pasadena Weekly

We need to improve the way bail is administered in our state. However, any change to our bail system must prioritize public safety and make sure that people return for their court dates. Senate Bill 10 and Assembly Bill 42 fail on both counts. They would effectively eliminate, or severely limit, pretrial detention for everyone, …
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Trinidad and Tobago's Newsday : newsday.co.tt :

A DIRECTOR of Vision on Mission has supported recent calls for the Prison Service to facilitate increased visitation between inmates and their children. Gordon Husbands, who is in charge of programme development, monitoring and evaluation, said on Thursday that the call was in tandem with the organisation’s thrust toward restorative justice.

“If we think of it in terms of liberalising the policies within the prisons, the calls for expanding the visitation for all inmates, it is a good move,” he told Newsday over the weekend.

Saying that the issue was one of human rights, Husbands noted that the call was not new.
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Our School / Restorative Justice

Grant High School is building restorative justice; learn more & get involved.

Maria Scanelli - maria@resolutionsnorthwest.org

You may download the Restorative Justice (PDF) file here, if you cannot read it below.

If you cannot see the embedded Restorative Justice Brochure, you may need to install the Adobe Reader plug-in for your browser.
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How LA County’s new mental health director hopes to help heal troubled minds

How LA County’s new mental health director hopes to help heal troubled minds | Alternative Dispute Resolution, Mediation, and Restorative Justice | Scoop.it
For as long as people who lived in the neighborhood could remember, the bottom floor of the Los Angeles County Department of Mental Health’s headquarters was surrounded by a chain-link fence, closed off from their view.Then a few months
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Snapshot: Problem-solving courts in Maryland USA

Snapshot: Problem-solving courts in Maryland USA | Alternative Dispute Resolution, Mediation, and Restorative Justice | Scoop.it
Guest blogger Kathleen Seifert, Center for Families, Children and the Courts, Student Fellow (2016-2017): This semester, the CFCC Student Fellows learned about the importance of employing therapeutic jurisprudence[1] and preventive law[2] to maximize positive, therapeutic outcomes for people involved in various courts. Problem-solving courts “address matters that are under the court’s jurisdiction through a multidisciplinary and integrated…
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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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