Between 1991 and 2002, the small West African coastal state of Sierra Leone was rocked by a brutal civil war, which killed, injured, displaced, and traumatized millions of men, women, and children. In the aftermath of the conflict, local political...
A police pledge to put more focus on restorative justice has prompted reserved applause from some non-profit organizations charged, on precarious budgets, with serving up community-based methods of restitution and reconciliation.
Prevention Action Restorative approach to truants shows promise when matched with family support Prevention Action As part of a broadly “restorative” approach, students and their families attend a conference with the community board, whose members...
What Is Restorative Justice? Restorative justice offers alternatives to our traditional juvenile and criminal justice systems and harsh school discipline processes. Rather than focusing on punishment, restorative justice seeks to repair the harm done. At its best, through face-to-face dialogue, restorative justice results in consensus-based plans that meet victim-identified needs in the wake of a crime. This can take many forms, most notably conferencing models, victim-offender dialogue, and circle processes. In applications with youth, it can prevent both contact with the juvenile justice system and school expulsions and suspensions. Restorative justice also holds the potential for victims and their families to have a direct voice in determining just outcomes, and reestablishes the role of the community in supporting all parties affected by crime. Several restorative models have been shown to reduce recidivism and, when embraced as a larger-scale solution to wrongdoing, can minimize the social and fiscal costs of crime."
... "Today, NCCD is leading efforts to institutionalize this and other restorative justice alternatives to juvenile and adult incarceration and zero-tolerance school discipline policies across California and the nation. For more information about restorative justice at NCCD, please contact Nuri Nusrat, Program Associate, Restorative Justice Project.
To learn more about restorative justice projects at NCCD, click here.
Watch sujatha baliga talk about restorative justice by clicking here and listen to her NPR interview here.
Finding their Voices/Being Heard, Hearing Community and Collaborative Consequences are just three things that I learned while participating in juvenile justice mediation/community court. This process not only changes the youth...
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