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Expanding the critical perspective of justice to suggest restorative processes and ADR as tools for reparation.
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Understanding and engaging informal justice (PDF) - Restorative Forum

Understanding and engaging informal justice Shared by: Manon Tiessink Project Officer Knowledge Platform Security & Rule of Law Location: Netherlands
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Bringing Inmates and Victims of Crime Together

Bringing Inmates and Victims of Crime Together | Alternative Dispute Resolution, Mediation, and Restorative Justice | Scoop.it
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The Magistrates Early Referral into Treatment (MERIT) Pilot Program: Court Outcomes and Recidivism by Megan E. Passey, Jane Bolitho, John Scantleton, Bruce Flaherty :: SSRN

Diversion programs for drug offenders have proliferated in the last decade in the belief that treatment of underlying drug use will decrease an individual’s cri
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Sentencing Law and Policy: "An Incubator for (Former) Drug Dealers: 'Hustlers are entrepreneurs denied opportunity'"

Sentencing Law and Policy: "An Incubator for (Former) Drug Dealers: 'Hustlers are entrepreneurs denied opportunity'" | Alternative Dispute Resolution, Mediation, and Restorative Justice | Scoop.it
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Payback

Payback | Alternative Dispute Resolution, Mediation, and Restorative Justice | Scoop.it
WITHOUT debt there would be no capitalism; mankind would be living in caves and eating whatever it killed. But Margaret Atwood's elegant and erudite canter round the literary, cultural and historical aspects of borrowing, lending, owing and repaying has less to do with economics than with human nature. Her new book is a collection of radio talks, conceived and delivered long before the current crisis, but its publication is remarkably timely.

Debt is as old as human civilisation. The first recorded laws had to do with repayments and repossessions. The idea of debt depends on a common sense of fairness: if you borrow and don't pay back, justice is violated. That is not exclusive to humans; chimpanzees seem to have similar ideas. But debt is not morally neutral. Borrowing too much is a sign of depravity. So is being a merciless lender. Debt metaphors (“overwhelmed”, “drowning”, “crushing”) are dramatic. In the end, money is time, and you may pay with your life—if not through death, then through drudgery.

The best bits of “Payback” are about debts that do not involve money. What do people owe to the planet? To other people? To God? The author is particularly taken with Charles Dickens's “A Christmas Carol”, a story usually read only as a sentimental fable. Ms Atwood strips it down and rebuilds it with the brisk pen of an expert literary critic. The Archangel Gabriel bears the same relationship to God as Bob Cratchit does to Scrooge, she argues. It sounds odd, but makes perfect sense when you read it.

Ms Atwood weaves in all kinds of literary references from nursery rhymes to modern fiction, from Aeschylus to Darwin, via Mary Poppins and Charles Kingsley's “The Water Babies” (where the lovely Mrs Doasyouwouldbedoneby is the counterpart to the severe Mrs Be-donebyasyoudid). As one would expect from a novelist of Ms Atwood's calibre, the phrasing is polished and the metaphors striking: revenge taken in red ink can be even more satisfying and gruesome than that taken through red blood.

One criticism is her caricature of Christianity, which has shaped Western thinking about the debt of sin and the means of redemption for the past two millennia. Ms Atwood's apology for squashing Christian theological thinking into two chatty and disrespectful pages does not sound wholly sincere.

But the overall effect of the book is stimulating, if a trifle dizzying. Even Ms Atwood, scintillating wordsmith though she is, cannot quite patch holes in the logic. Her greenish, gently leftish convictions poke through rather too visibly sometimes. Ultimately, debt is a way that people bet on their own futures, placing a wager on their own ability, cleverness, diligence and luck. When those bets fail, the consequences for the loser can be sad. But the world is a better place, on the whole, if people have the right to make such wagers in the first place.
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Child sexting cases advice says police should not always launch criminal inquiry

Child sexting cases advice says police should not always launch criminal inquiry | Alternative Dispute Resolution, Mediation, and Restorative Justice | Scoop.it
Some sexting cases involving children could be handled without launching a full-scale criminal investigation, according to new advice for police.
A briefing note has been issued
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Vindy.com - New law lets Pennsylvanians hide some old criminal records

Youngstown, Ohio | breaking news, local news, sports, classifieds, jobs, real estate, cars, Warren, Austintown, Boardman, Canfield, Poland
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Seattle police, neighbors use technology to fight vehicle prowls

Seattle police, neighbors use technology to fight vehicle prowls | Alternative Dispute Resolution, Mediation, and Restorative Justice | Scoop.it
As car prowl became the top safety concern among Seattleites according to a 2015 Seattle Police Department community survey, the Seattle Police Department North Precinct is partnering with neighbors to apply diverse technological strategies to fight against this property crime.

The department has designed online surveys to learn about community concerns and is also advertising micro-groups involving police officers and neighbors—called “Living Room Conversations”.

The police also facilitate focus groups through the social network Nextdoor.com, at which citizens can connect with their neighbors and the police can explain SPD’s new Micro Community Policy Plans.

SPD North Precinct Research Assistant Jessica Chandler said that she hoped these strategies would help the North Precinct find out what the Northgate-Maple Leaf neighbors’ main concerns and specific needs are.
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Sheriff and deputies build trust at community forum

Sheriff and deputies build trust at community forum | Alternative Dispute Resolution, Mediation, and Restorative Justice | Scoop.it
Deputies of the Charles County Sheriff’s Office, along with Sheriff Troy Berry (D), attended a community forum on Saturday at the Metropolitan United Methodist Church in Indian Head, fielding questions,
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Dubai Police launch installment plan for traffic fines - gulfnews.com | Dubai Informer

Dubai Police launch installment plan for traffic fines - gulfnews.com | Dubai Informer | Alternative Dispute Resolution, Mediation, and Restorative Justice | Scoop.it
gulfnews.comDubai Police launch installment plan for traffic finesgulfnews.comDubai: If you've got traffic fines to pay, there's no need to worry about bre
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Department of Corrections is trying to find a new life for an old prison

The governor shuttered the Palmer Correctional Center. The last inmates left in October. It still costs &u0024;1 million a year to keep the prison open. Now what?
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Rodney Ebersole's comment, November 13, 2016 12:13 AM
Using a prison for a new purpose is a great idea in my book. Having a detox center seems like an immediate fix for a large need in Alaska. Locally in Fairbanks, I hear of weekly thefts and them being related to drugs. There is a real drug problem in the state of Alaska and getting a hold of the problem could be a great use of this facility. Seeing the state trying to make use of this building is encouraging since there is a lot of wasteful spending in our government and steps like these are steps in the right direction. The article says there is a 1 million dollar cost in keeping this facility open and if there is no agreement on its use I hope the government will winterize the buildings and leave them unoccupied to save that million dollars for the state.
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Criminal justice reform through emotionally intelligent justice

Criminal justice reform through  emotionally intelligent justice | Alternative Dispute Resolution, Mediation, and Restorative Justice | Scoop.it
Guest blogger Dr David Patton ... The Criminal Justice Systems (CJS) in many countries are dominated by negative responses to crime and criminality that are focused on retributive punishment and exclusion.   Policies, ideologies and acts of retribution, exclusion, excessive punishments, excessive powers being given to criminal justice agents, a disregard for human rights etc.…
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Sand Springs Residents Can Pay Fines With Canned Food Donations

Sand Springs Residents Can Pay Fines With Canned Food Donations | Alternative Dispute Resolution, Mediation, and Restorative Justice | Scoop.it
For one day only, the Sand Springs Municipal Court is allowing those with warrants or outstanding court fines to bring in canned goods and nonperishable food items as credit to pay the fines. 
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A brilliant way to use Reintegrative Shaming....
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Do Restorative Justice services fail the diversity test? - Restorative Forum

Do Restorative Justice services fail the diversity test? - Restorative Forum | Alternative Dispute Resolution, Mediation, and Restorative Justice | Scoop.it
Hi all, I recently came across an article on The Justice Gap, which I have reproduced here (https://www.restorativeforum.org.uk/articles/3517-is-there-institutional
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Hampton Sheriff’s Office introduces new re-entry program for city jail inmates

Hampton Sheriff’s Office introduces new re-entry program for city jail inmates | Alternative Dispute Resolution, Mediation, and Restorative Justice | Scoop.it
The Ready, Set, Go! program focuses on educating and training inmates to return to their communities as productive citizens.
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$30,000 of maple trees chopped down in Sterling Heights vandalism

$30,000 of maple trees chopped down in Sterling Heights vandalism | Alternative Dispute Resolution, Mediation, and Restorative Justice | Scoop.it
The nine trees were beautiful. They were 30-foot maples, that turned a brilliant red in the fall. They lined the backyard of the Atkinsons' home on 19 Mile Road in Sterling Heights, bu
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An ADR/CRJ failure....cops say: that's a civil problem...but often these types of crimes (or worse) follow....
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Oldham News | News Headlines | Bus crash victim forgives driver - Chronicle Online

Oldham News | News Headlines | Bus crash victim forgives driver - Chronicle Online | Alternative Dispute Resolution, Mediation, and Restorative Justice | Scoop.it
A BUS driver has forgiven an illegal driver who caused an horrific crash which left him needing to be cut out of his cab.

Just over a year on from the smash, Sherzad Mizouri agreed to meet the young man that crashed into him.

Emmanuel Dube was driving illegally on November 3, 2015, when he ran a red light on Oxford Road, Manchester, and smashed into Sherzad's bus.
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Here Are 5 of California's Dumbest Laws for Motorists

Here Are 5 of California's Dumbest Laws for Motorists | Alternative Dispute Resolution, Mediation, and Restorative Justice | Scoop.it
Did you know that wearing certain sunglasses is illegal?
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These are typically non-therapeutic laws and correctional methods.  The barriers to seeking justice are steep and there's no simple way to walk them back (other than writing a check)...
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Schools using restorative practices to resolve classroom conflict

Schools using restorative practices to resolve classroom conflict | Alternative Dispute Resolution, Mediation, and Restorative Justice | Scoop.it
More commonly associated with the criminal justice system, schools are now turning to restorative practices to resolve conflict in the classroom and promote a safe and happy environment.
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Sussex Police share victim’s story for Restorative Justice Week

Sussex Police share victim’s story for Restorative Justice Week | Alternative Dispute Resolution, Mediation, and Restorative Justice | Scoop.it
Sussex Police will be sharing the story of a victim’s journey through restorative justice on social media for International Restorative Justice (RJ) week, starting Sunday (November 20).
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Autistic Boy Confesses Dark Secret, Santa Grabs Him And Speaks 5 Words

Autistic Boy Confesses Dark Secret, Santa Grabs Him And Speaks 5 Words | Alternative Dispute Resolution, Mediation, and Restorative Justice | Scoop.it
Landon and his family was visiting Santa at the RiverTown Crossings mall in Michigan last week when the little six-year-old approached the Big Man with a very important question.
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Special Report: Law enforcement and mental health

Special Report: Law enforcement and mental health | Alternative Dispute Resolution, Mediation, and Restorative Justice | Scoop.it
Are deputies spending too much time with those looking to be evaluated before being committed?
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Crime and punishment: New law means rebalancing act in Alaska

The new approach to crime and punishment in Alaska — based on the theory that locking people up longer is expensive and doesn't get criminals to live right — has started to influence the way justice plays out in Alaska.
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The More You Energize Your Coworkers, the Better Everyone Performs

What can you do to increase relational energy in your workplace?  Here are four actions you can take personally and as a leader.

Build High-Quality Connections. By definition, high-quality connections generate relational energy.  Jane Dutton and Emily Heaphy suggest several ways you can grow and improve high-quality connections, such as taking on a challenge at work with a group of like-minded people. In one case, two operational leaders at Kelly Services, a workforce solutions firm, created a Business Resource Group to promote leadership development and increase employee engagement. As Dutton and Heaphy describe, the leaders focused on building high-quality connections and strengthening social capital as ways to improve the leadership pipeline.

Create Energizing Events. Organize and run events with an explicit focus creating energy, not just delivering content, products, or services. Consider how Zingerman’s, a renowned community of food-related businesses in Ann Arbor, Michigan, infuses energy in their seminars and events. I often bring groups of executives to their restaurant, the Roadhouse. After dinner, CEO and co-founder Ari Weinzweig or one his managing partners will present on a particular topic, such as visioning, open book management, or the natural laws of business. The content and delivery are fantastic and energizing themselves.  But energy goes up another level when a panel of frontline staff come into the room and field questions. They can answer any question, but what matters even more is the energy they exude. They are positive, enthusiastic, and clearly love their work and the organization. The executives leave the event abuzz with energy because it’s so contagious.

Use Tools that Promote a “Giver” Culture. The act of helping someone at work creates energy in the form of positive emotions — the “warm glow” of helping.  Receiving help creates energy in the form of gratitude.  Gratitude for help received encourages paying it forward and helping others, as Nat Bulkley and I documented in a large-scale study.  The Reciprocity Ring, a group-level exercise involving giving and getting help that my spouse Cheryl Baker, CEO of Humax, created, elevates giver behaviors — and energy.  In a pilot study Adam Grant and I conducted, we found that participation in the Reciprocity Ring increases positive emotions and decreases negative emotions.

Try Mapping Relational Energy. Organizational network surveys map the invisible network behind the organizational chart—the real way people interact. 
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Police Sponsor Restorative Justice Retreat in Harrisonburg

Police Sponsor Restorative Justice Retreat in Harrisonburg | Alternative Dispute Resolution, Mediation, and Restorative Justice | Scoop.it
This weekend a small number of police chiefs will come to Harrisonburg to discuss restorative justice best practices that aim to focus more on the
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Rodney Ebersole's comment, November 13, 2016 1:18 AM
This seems like a great collaboration of neighboring police chiefs that are able to come together and find restorative justice solutions and programs that can be used in their police departments. Any department that can work together and learn from each other is a win win situation.