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International News about Empathy applied to Conflict, Justice, Restorative Justice, Mediation and the Law. (more at CultureOfEmpathy.com)”
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“Empathy and Hope” a talk about Restorative Justice with Kate Johnson

Kate Johnson, BA, BSW, MDiv, RSW is a former prison chaplain and current chaplain at Queens University.   After earning her BA and BSW with a focus on criminology, Kate practiced for several years as a social worker in adolescent correctional and mental health facilities.


Seeing the link between childhood victimization and adolescent offending, Kate went on to pursue a Masters of Divinity in Restorative Justice at Queen’s.


A chaplain at Pittsburgh Institution for five years, she introduced a victim empathy program to the Correctional Service of Canada. In 2013 she was appointed chaplain to Queen’s University


Kate also serves on the board of Kingston Community Chaplaincy- an organization that supports ex-prisoners to re-integrate to community after incarceration. She maintains an avid interest in the development of correctional policies that are healthier for staff and prisoners alike.


Event Date: November 16, 2014

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Can Criminals Say Sorry? - BBC Three

Can Criminals Say Sorry? - BBC Three | Empathy and Justice | Scoop.it

Actress Brooke Kinsella explores the use of restorative justice in Britain today.


Brooke Kinsella, former EastEnders star and anti-knife crime campaigner, explores the use of restorative justice in Britain today and finds out what happens when offenders and their victims are brought together face to face.


With the government now making millions available for restorative justice - across offences ranging from anti-social behaviour to murder - Brooke considers whether it's an effective way of dealing with offenders and whether it can meet the needs of victims


Part 1: http://youtu.be/MJEdYl9GsRg

Part 2: http://youtu.be/63oIv30FgeQ

Part 3: http://youtu.be/WgqiDGVgABY

Part 4: http://youtu.be/kqt3E_DbL0k

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Can we leverage empathy to stop Boko Haram? | Insight on Conflict

Can we leverage empathy to stop Boko Haram? | Insight on Conflict | Empathy and Justice | Scoop.it

Kirthi Jayakumar argues that empathy and dialogue, not force, are the keys to ending the Boko Haram's campaign of violence and terror


A large part of building peace and living in a world of peace comes from cultivating and living in a state of empathy.


As Mother Teresa said, “if we have no peace, it is because we have forgotten that we belong to each other.” This state of belonging to each other stems from the fact that we are not only individuals, but also a part of the whole that constitutes the universe. The font of all efforts in peacebuilding stems from the understanding of the significance of empathy: for it is only when we understand where the other comes from, that we are in a place to act accordingly in response to their actions..

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What Have I Done? : A Victim Empathy Programme For Young People

What Have I Done? : A Victim Empathy Programme For Young People | Empathy and Justice | Scoop.it

What Have I Done? will be ideal for victim empathy work in Youth Offending Teams and Young Offender Institutions, and can equally be used in schools, children's homes, youth groups and any context with young people.


The programme is measurable, featuring pre- and post-programme empathy scales, and is suitable for young offenders subject to a youth rehabilitation order.


Pete Wallis
With Clair Aldington and Marian Liebmann
Illustrated by Emily Wallis


On Google Books http://j.mp/1sormwN 

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Sowing Empathy and Justice in Schools Through Restorative Practices | NEA Today

Sowing Empathy and Justice in Schools Through Restorative Practices | NEA Today | Empathy and Justice | Scoop.it

The biggest thing we do is create empathy, and the way you get empathy is by talking about how you feel and by listening to how others feel,”


says Danna. “I tell them that you have to understand each other’s perspectives.


It doesn’t mean you have to be friends. But you do have to figure out how to get through your day together. It’s a very assertive way of teaching them to take care of themselves.”


By Mary Ellen Flannery 

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Barbara Kerr's curator insight, June 19, 10:50 AM

Listening--a powerful tool we can  all learn  to understand each other. 

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Colorado high school replaces punishment with 'talking circles' - PBS NewsHour YouTube Video

At Hinkley High School in Aurora, Colo., students, parents and administration are meeting face-to-face to resolve student conflict with conversation.


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The number of physical altercations has

taken a nosedive as this new type of

disciplinary action, called

"restorative justice," replaces suspension.

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Hari Sreenivasan has the story.

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Eli Levine's curator insight, February 21, 6:22 PM

If it works, it works.

Don't care what the conservatives say about it.

 

Gotta stay focused with what works, as opposed to what you feel you need.

 

And that's precisely what conservatives are so terrible at doing.

 

No consideration for the other.

 

Think about it.

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The Political Rise of Restorative Justice

The Political Rise of Restorative Justice | Empathy and Justice | Scoop.it

Restorative justice, realized in many states and localities as a new framework, views and responds to youth crime with a different lens....


The national political will continues to shift towards the power of restorative justice, and its efficacy and tangible data make it hard to deny at very least giving this movement the attention it deserves. As District Attorney Stanley Garnett (Boulder County, CO) confirms: "Restorative justice is not just some pipe dream placebo--it's a time and money saver and stats don't lie: recidivism drops significantly when restorative justice processes are employed."


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Restorative justice is not just
some pipe dream placebo -
it's a time and money saver

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Molly Rowan Leach and  Sandra Pavelka

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Lon Woodbury's curator insight, March 27, 2:29 PM

A non-adjudicated version of Restorative Justice is also being implemented by several private therapeutic boarding schools for struggling teens. -Lon

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Restorative Circles program builds empathy, conflict resolution skills in middle school students

Restorative Circles program builds empathy, conflict resolution skills in middle school students | Empathy and Justice | Scoop.it

]Restorative Circles, a new program at Godfrey Lee Middle School, teaches conflict resolution skills and builds empathy with help from the Dispute Resolution Center of West Michigan.

 

The goal of the restorative plan is to restore harmony to the school, so the teacher can get back to teaching and students can focus on learning, Gilman says. The circle process also fosters empathy, active listening, and healthy communication skills. Participants are encouraged to share their thoughts, feelings and points of view.
 

The circle process also fosters empathy,

active listening, and healthy communication

skills. Participants are encouraged to share

their thoughts, feelings and points of view.


The Dispute Resolution Center secured several grants to offer Restorative Circles at Godfrey Lee, including one from the Wyoming Community Foundation and two at the state level. Godfrey Lee was identified at the state level for being a school with a large disparity between the suspension and expulsion rates of special education and minority students versus white students, Gilman says. Curry says the school has a high minority population and very few fights.


 MARLA R. MILLER

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Criminal justice reforms: 'Empathy has been sidelined'

Criminal justice reforms:  'Empathy has been sidelined' | Empathy and Justice | Scoop.it
Erwin James: Clive Martin, campaigner for groups that support offenders and their families says that Chris Grayling's massive reorganisation of rehabilitation will not in itself cut reoffending

 

Does he feel the system has lost faith in the possibility of rehabilitation? "I think the system has become all stick and no carrot," he says. "In my experience working in prison education, I met very few people who didn't want to change. But in public discourse and the way the issues are presented to the public by policymakers, there seems to be a sense that we have given up on hope. We talk about 'the market' and 'programmes', but we don't talk about people. For whatever reason, empathy has been pushed to the sidelines. We don't feel empathetic towards groups of people – even fairly obvious groups such as unemployed young people, who we tend to blame for their situation.


 For whatever reason, empathy has been

pushed to the sidelines. We don't

feel empathetic towards

groups of people

 

"If you look at what most people in prison were before they were labelled 'offender', they were people who had terrible upbringings, people who were abused, people with mental health problems – they're the sort of people we would normally tend to have some sympathy with, but we don't. We see them as a drain, a burden, rather than a part of us. We forget that there but for the grace of God go so many of us ."

 

Erwin James

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Obama’s Pick Sotomayor Derided by Conservatives For Empathy

Obama’s Pick Sotomayor Derided by Conservatives For Empathy | Empathy and Justice | Scoop.it
Conservatives insist that empathy is a touchy-feely code word for pro-choice and pro-LGBT rights. But true empathy is a form of intelligence that, according to studies, may be missing in those predisposed to authoritarian rule.


  Conservatives insist that empathy is a

touchy-feely code word for pro-choice

and pro-LGBT rights


Rules-Based Personalities, Fundamentalism, and Empathy

Several different types of psychological assessments claim to measure the empathy of an individual. Some include psychometric scoring of self-reported information related to values, motives, and behaviors, while others measure observed behaviors.


In most validation studies on empathy (such as a recent study here of medical military personnel) women do tend to score higher on empathy than their male counterparts. Based on these findings, women have greater potential for effectively interpreting the experience of those they interact with.

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Justice Kennedy On Choosing Cases, ‘Empathy,’ And Diversity

Justice Kennedy On Choosing Cases, ‘Empathy,’ And Diversity | Empathy and Justice | Scoop.it

Q: President Obama has said that judges should possess “empathy,” and that in the toughest cases, “the critical ingredient is supplied by what is in the judge’s heart.” Do you agree?


President Obama has said that

judges should possess “empathy"


A: Sometimes people are cautious about that. You see the poor person hurt and the defendant is rich so you think maybe they should have the money. And if that’s how the word “empathy” plays out in your mind then there is a problem with it.


But I sometimes ask my grandkids, what do you think are in all those books that are on my walls? Those are cases. Those are stories about real people, and their hopes and their aspirations, their disappointments, their mistakes. Real people are going to be bound by what you do.

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Teaching empathy to at-risk kids

Teaching empathy to at-risk kids | Empathy and Justice | Scoop.it

There was a debate all semester about the root cause of violence in our society. Guns. Video games. But I took the class somewhere else. We talked about empathy.

Many of these kids had horror stories for biographies. A couple of them expressed a concern to me in private that they didn't feel empathy for others. That they were cold-hearted. Dead....

Then, the teen I had spoken with said,
"There's no empathy.


The villain in the movies is always out for revenge. It's no different with kids who shoot up their schools. Those kids are out for justice, to right a wrong. That's how they see it."


by Benjamin Dancer

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Lon Woodbury's curator insight, October 30, 3:20 PM

This lack of empathy sounds a lot like the kids that have loving middle class or above homes that are enrolled in therapeutic boarding schools and wilderness therapy programs.  This lack of empathy is not limited to the poor.  All social classes need more empathy.  -Lon  

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Judicial Decisionmaking, Empathy, and the Limits of Perception by Nicole Negowetti

Judicial Decisionmaking, Empathy, and the Limits of Perception by Nicole Negowetti | Empathy and Justice | Scoop.it

This Article challenges the assumption and aspiration of neutrality in judging and proposes an approach in line with emerging research from cognitive science.


Judicial empathy — the cognitive capacity to imagine the perspective of another person — is a tool that can mitigate the inevitable implicit biases each judge brings to the bench.


By exploring the influence of implicit biases on decisions that demand a finding of “reasonableness,” such as in Fourth Amendment, discrimination, criminal, and Establishment Clause cases, this Article argues that judicial empathy is necessary to move judges away from their own biased vantage point.

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Dominic Barter on Compassion: Why It's Time for Restorative Justice

Dominic Barter on Compassion: Why It's Time for Restorative Justice | Empathy and Justice | Scoop.it
In the wake of recent tragedies, Charles Eisenstein and Dominic Barter explain why restorative justice is the answer. Explore how compassion and empathy lead to healing and reconciliation.


"There's something really unique about empathy, that it clears the things that are blocking action, and that it connects both inside and to other people in a way that is transformative." - Dominic Barter

 

With the wave of tragedies hitting the news lately -- GazaMalaysia Airlines Flight 17, and countless others -- it feels both relevant and necessary to bring restorative justice into the fold. In the wake of these disasters, Charles Eisenstein (known for Occupy Love and promoting a gift economy) penned apoignant essay on viewing major conflicts through the lens of empathy and compassion.

by Kimberly Bryant

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By Talking, Inmates and Victims Make Things ‘More Right’ - NYTimes.com

By Talking, Inmates and Victims Make Things ‘More Right’ - NYTimes.com | Empathy and Justice | Scoop.it

Advocates for restorative justice say the concept is often misunderstood as being “soft” on crime.


But in a prison setting that does not usually challenge offenders to take personal responsibility — and where some even convince themselves they did nothing wrong — the approach offers a marked contrast.


In interviews with the incarcerated men and in the dialogue circles, a common theme was how their focus when they entered prison was on survival, not reflecting on the actions that had brought them here.By DINA KRAFT

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(Book) Understanding restorative justice: How empathy can close the gap created by crime

(Book)  Understanding restorative justice: How empathy can close the gap created by crime | Empathy and Justice | Scoop.it

A new book examined the use of restorative justice in repairing the harm created by criminal offences. The book explored the development of empathy and compassion across the 'timeline' of restorative justice, from the committed offence, through the criminal justice process, to the restorative meeting, drawing on United Kingdom case studies.


This unique book is a clear and detailed introduction that analyses how restorative justice nurtures empathy, exploring key themes such as responsibility, shame, forgiveness and closure.


The core notion of the book is that when a crime is committed, it separates people, creating a ‘gap’.


This can only be reduced or closed through information and insight about the other person, which have the potential to elicit empathy and compassion from both sides.



Contents

http://j.mp/1qOX88y

Introduction Part One: Empathy Level Zero: Hurting

  • Crime and unhappiness
  • The gap caused by crime


Part Two: Empathy Level One: Seeing

  • Entering the criminal justice system
  • Into the criminal courts


Part Three: Empathy Level Two: Voicing

  • Unripe restorative justice
  • Restorative enquiry
  • The keys and blocks to restorative justice
  • Choice, encouragement or coercion?


Part Four: Empathy Level Three: Hearing

  • Indirect restorative justice
  • The restorative meeting


Part Five: Empathy Level Four: Helping

  • 'Doing sorry'
  • Does it always go so well?


Part Six: Empathy Level Five: Healing

  • Into the heart of restorative justice


Conclusion

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Judging Judges: Empathy as the Litmus Test for Impartiality by Rebecca K. Lee

Judging Judges: Empathy as the Litmus Test for Impartiality by Rebecca K. Lee | Empathy and Justice | Scoop.it

This Article examines the role of empathy in judging, which has been directly raised and questioned in recent years, in light of the discussion surrounding judicial nominations and appointments to the Supreme Court.


President Barack Obama was right to emphasize that empathy is an important quality to be found in a judicial nominee, but his public support for empathetic judging was unfortunately cut short due to the political controversy and misunderstanding surrounding what empathy means.


The opportunity remains, however, for a renewed discussion regarding judicial empathy by expressly connecting it to our vision of judicial impartiality.


This Article makes an affirmative case for empathetic decision making and argues that empathetic judging is necessary for objective adjudication....


Rebecca K. Lee 
Thomas Jefferson School of Law


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Empathy Lessons: Training Police To Understand People With Mental Illness

Empathy Lessons: Training Police To Understand People With Mental Illness | Empathy and Justice | Scoop.it
To help them handle the growing proportion of police work that involves mental health crises, some Massachusetts officers take advanced training that teaches them to better understand -- and empathize with -- people with mental illness.


“It’s a very lofty goal, but you’re trying to teach officers empathy for people with mental illness, and that’s why I think that ‘Hearing Voices’ training was very important,” he said.


“Officers need to have empathy today —
that’s what society expects from officers
and it’s what they deserve,
and it’s what people need.


 Carey Goldberg


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A&S Inclusion and Equity Internship Dialogue Series - Empathy Development Workshop

A&S Inclusion and Equity Internship Dialogue Series - Empathy Development Workshop | Empathy and Justice | Scoop.it
This workshop is about empathy and how it can be used as a tool to bring about better human interaction and social progress! Join us for our dialogue series to learn, engage, and eat!


The A&S Inclusion and Equity Internship program exposes a team of students to the best practices concerning inclusiveness and equity, with the purpose of cultivating social justice leadership skills. Sponsored by the A&S Office for International, Diversity, and Outreach Programs.

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Empathy Connects, Transforms and Removes the Blocks to Action: Dominic Barter and Edwin Rutsch

Empathy Connects, Transforms and Removes the Blocks to Action:  Dominic Barter and Edwin Rutsch | Empathy and Justice | Scoop.it

Dominic Barter plays with dialogue and partnership, focusing primarily in the fields of education, justice, culture and social change. In the mid-90s he collaborated in the development of Restorative Circles, a community-based and -owned practice for dynamic engagement with conflict that grew from conversations with residents in gang-controlled shantytown favelas in Rio de Janeiro.


He adapted the practice for the Brazilian Ministry of Justice's award-winning national projects in Restorative Justice and supports its application in a further 25 countries. In recent years he has supervised the mediation program for the Police Pacification Units in Rio, served as invited professor at the Standing Group for Consensual Methods of Conflict Resolution, at the High Court of Rio, with a focus on school mediation and bullying, and focused on the development of restorative community. Currently Dominic directs the Dialogue Restoration project for the State Education Department of Rio de Janeiro and partners with the Centre for the Study of Public Security and Citizenship at Candido Mendes University.


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"There's something really unique about

empathy, that it clears the things that

are blocking action,  and that it connects
both inside and to other people in a
way that 
is transformative."

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▶ Baltimore police get empathy training - YouTube

No more "just the facts ma'am."
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Sonia Sotomayor: Role Model of Empathy and Purposeful Ambition | Minnesota Law Review

Sonia Sotomayor: Role Model of Empathy and Purposeful Ambition | Minnesota Law Review | Empathy and Justice | Scoop.it

by Rebecca K. Lee

In writing her memoir, My Beloved World, U.S. Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor expressly acknowledges that she is a public role model and embraces this responsibility by making herself accessible to a broad audience.


As a public figure, she sees an opportunity to connect with others through an account of her life journey, with details of initial challenges and lessons learned along the way, to show that one’s beginnings need not constrain one’s aspirations.



Although her memoir ends at the point she begins her judicial career, twenty years ago, her experiences and reflections provide a sense of how she may approach her work on the Supreme Court, including the importance she attaches to perspective-taking—or empathy—in relating to others and viewing the larger world.


Her empathic skill, as well as her understanding

of public purpose as a Justice and role model,

all serve to strengthen

the judicial function 



Her empathic skill, as well as her understanding of public purpose as a Justice and role model, all serve to strengthen the judicial function and present a hopeful picture of further important contributions to come as she continues her work on the bench.

 

Rebecca K. Lee, Sonia Sotomayor: Role Model of Empathy and Purposeful Ambition, 98 Minn. L. Rev. Headnotes 73 (2013).

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Fear of Empathy: Senate Republicans Attack Sotomayor

Fear of Empathy: Senate Republicans Attack Sotomayor | Empathy and Justice | Scoop.it
In their campaign to malign Obama’s Supreme Court nominee Sonia Sotomayor, Republican senators have confused empathy for sympathy, blatantly distorting the meaning of a word for political purposes.


 Grassley worried that Sonia Sotomayor

might be too empathic. 


Senator Grassley used a term today at the hearings of Sonia Sotomayor: “The Empathy Standard.” Citing President Obama’s stated criterion that he would nominate someone for the Supreme Court who had a capacity for empathy, Grassley worried that Sonia Sotomayor might be too empathic. And this propensity made him and a number of other Republican senators anxious [See “Obama’s Pick Sotomayor Derided by Conservatives for Empathy,” by Paul Gorrell].

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Communication Insight - Empathy, Apology and Forgiveness

Communication Insight - Empathy, Apology and Forgiveness | Empathy and Justice | Scoop.it

Takaku’s research offers important insights on how apologies “work.” Mutual empathy is key. While the offer of an apology may be the result of, and an expression of, the offender’s empathy with the offended party, forgiveness requires empathy from the offended to the offender.

Empathy must be experienced by, and communicated by, both parties to the conflict, not simply one or the other. In other words, to be effective in resolving conflict, apology and forgiveness are best viewed as interactive processes, not simply one-sided speech events.


forgiveness requires empathy

from the offended to the offender.


Takaku’s research demonstrates that an offended party has the power to shift the nature of a conflict interaction by reflecting on his or her own “imperfect nature,” developing empathy for the offender, and thus being open to the process of apology and forgiveness. Some people can undertake such reflection on their own; others might need to be prompted toward reflection.


However, Takaku also urged caution: care must be taken regarding who prompts the offended party to reflect on his or her own imperfections. For example, if the offending party makes the prompt, it would likely generate resistance on the part of the offended party and actually escalate the conflict. 

 

Dorothy J. Della Noce

 

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