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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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(NPR: Restorative Justice) An Alternative To Suspension And Expulsion: 'Circle Up!'

(NPR:  Restorative Justice) An Alternative To Suspension And Expulsion: 'Circle Up!' | Empathy and Justice | Scoop.it

Oakland's restorative justice program is at the forefront of efforts to rethink school discipline.


One by one, in a room just off the gym floor at Edna Brewer Middle School in Oakland, Calif., seventh-graders go on the interview hot seat.


Some 80 students have applied to be "peer leaders" in the school's new, alternative discipline program called "restorative justice."

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Why Norway's Prison System Is So Successful

Why Norway's Prison System Is So Successful | Empathy and Justice | Scoop.it

by CHRISTINA STERBENZ

       

"Here we pay attention to you like human beings. ... 
Based on that information, it's safe to assume Norway's criminal justice system is doing something right. Few citizens there go to prison, and those who do usually go only once. So how does Norway accomplish this feat?


The country relies on a concept called "restorative justice," which aims to repair the harm caused by crime rather than punish people. This system focuses on rehabilitating prisoners. 


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The Journey to Empathy

The Journey to Empathy | Empathy and Justice | Scoop.it
In conflict resolution empathy is a central tool and way of being. And yet I remember that when I started in my first mediation course I was unsure of what it was.


It even took a while to learn the difference between empathy and sympathy; (empathy being an intellectual and emotional awareness and understanding of another person’s thoughts and feelings; sympathy an actual sharing of another’s feelings especially in sorrow or trouble). In my search for a definition I encountered an old joke that I often now use to start a discussion on empathy.

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Selective empathy

Selective empathy | Empathy and Justice | Scoop.it
These doses of judicial empathy, delivered in oral dissents from the bench, were inflected with personal experience: Justice Sotomayor spoke from the heart in reporting how “race matters”; Justice Ginsburg’s analysis came from a woman who faced sexism in her own career; and Justice Breyer’s father worked as a lawyer for the San Francisco public schools. And it’s not just the liberals who show signs of empathy in their decision-making.
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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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THE ROLE OF EMPATHY IN CRIME, POLICING, AND JUSTICE

THE ROLE OF EMPATHY IN CRIME, POLICING, AND JUSTICE | Empathy and Justice | Scoop.it

How Empathy Matters


My associates and I have reviewed recent research and done some additional analyses to pin down what is currently known about empathy – and perceptions of empathy – in the realm of crime and justice. When other factors, like age, sex, race, education, and income are taken into account, empathy turns out to matter in several ways:


Empathetic people are less likely to engage in delinquency or crime.

But those who have trouble perceiving how others feel, and have difficulty sharing those feelings, are more likely to engage in wrongful acts – everything from minor juvenile delinquency to the most serious of violent crimes. 


Empathy affects how people think about crime and punishment in complex ways.

People capable of empathy tend to support tough punishments for crime, but at the same time they are less likely to call for the harshest punishments, such as the death penalty.


Empathy and perceptions of empathy help to shape the interactions of police and members of the communities they are assigned to protect.

Research on citizen interactions with the police has consistently indicated that the way officers behave determines how they are evaluated by people with whom they interact. When we probe in detail, it turns out community members have more positive evaluations of the police when officers communicate that they understand the issues that matter to community members. Studies specifically show that the police are more likely to be trusted and considered effective at their jobs when they display empathy with the community’s concerns. 

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(NPR: Restorative Justice) An Alternative To Suspension And Expulsion: 'Circle Up!'

(NPR:  Restorative Justice) An Alternative To Suspension And Expulsion: 'Circle Up!' | Empathy and Justice | Scoop.it

Oakland's restorative justice program is at the forefront of efforts to rethink school discipline.


One by one, in a room just off the gym floor at Edna Brewer Middle School in Oakland, Calif., seventh-graders go on the interview hot seat.


Some 80 students have applied to be "peer leaders" in the school's new, alternative discipline program called "restorative justice."

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Design Against Crime – Restorative Justice Extending Empathy Workshop

Design Against Crime  – Restorative Justice Extending Empathy Workshop | Empathy and Justice | Scoop.it

The overarching theme is to explore what is state of the art in Restorative Justice (RJ), today and what are future ambitions for engagement with other disciplines.

The workshop will provide the opportunity to bring together academic researchers from the RJ, Theatre and Design professions who are concerned in their existing practice with building empathy. How empathy is built by each profession and the methods they use are likely to be the subject of lively discipline exchange.
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http://www.designagainstcrime.com/files/events/extending_empathy_workshop1.pdf


Global Picture of Empathy and Restorative Justice
by Theo Gavriellides


European Picture of Empathy and Restorative Justice
by Tim Chapman


Workshop: How Can Three Disciplines Learn from One Another to Better Measure and Communicate Cultural Value and Impact? 
 Lorraine Gamman,

Robin Bryant and

Michael Kearns as workshop facilitators



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The Emptiness of Empathetic Judging

The Emptiness of Empathetic Judging | Empathy and Justice | Scoop.it

Dahlia Lithwick has recently complained that the Supreme Court is made up of elites. Hers is not the usual complaint of conservatives that the justices are writing their elite values into the Constitution rather than following the law. It is rather that the justices evince selective empathy—only for elites. According to Lithwick, we need justices who will decide in favor of non-elites on empathetic grounds.


If justices were to follow Lithwick’s advice, the rule of law would disappear.  Particularly in disputes that rise to the level of the Court, both parties may deserve empathy.


For example, Lithwick praises Sonia Sotomayor’s defense of preferences  in Schuette v. Coalition to Defend Affirmative Action. And surely minorities striving for success who may gain admission to elite colleges because of such programs deserve our empathy. But why don’t those who are denied a place because of their race deserve our empathy as well?   Feeling provides no plausible rule of decision.


by JOHN O. MCGINNIS


image: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Justice


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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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