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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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Do emotions like empathy, love, and compassion exist in prisons?

Do emotions like empathy, love, and compassion exist in prisons? | Empathy and Justice | Scoop.it
This is a question that was presented to men in The Last Mile program at San Quentin. This response is from Darnell Hill.

 

My first response to this question is: where there are humans: empathy, love, and compassion exist. This being my first time in prison, I too came in with the notion or assumption that prison is not the place to display the characteristics or emotions like trust, love, empathy, and compassion. I am 44 years young and have spent half of my life incarcerated, therefore I have the experience and insight as to why emotions like love, trust, empathy, and compassion are necessary emotional stimulants to overcome persecution, guilt, shame, and emotional abuse.

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Empathy Development in Youth Through Restorative Practices

Empathy Development in Youth Through Restorative Practices | Empathy and Justice | Scoop.it

 

We live in fear of our children. Any society that fears its children will not long thrive. We have allowed enormous distance to develop between ourselves and the children of others. We have not come to know them sufficiently and we have not invested emotionally, materially and spiritually in their well being. We have not taught them by example to understand the interconnectedness of all things and the need to always understand the impact of our actions on others...

 

We have raised an entire generation without the prerequisites for developing empathy and then are outraged when they seem not to care about the impact of their behavior on others. We did not consciously decide to raise them without empathy, but that is the result of significant changes in our social behavior.

 

The development of empathy requires:

1. regular feedback about how our actions are affecting others, respectfully communicated

2. relationships in which we are valued and our worth is validated

3. experience of sympathy from others when we are in pain

 


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Empathy Conference: Panel 6: How does Empathy Show up in Your Restorative Justice Work?

Empathy Conference: Panel 6: How does Empathy Show up in Your Restorative Justice Work? | Empathy and Justice | Scoop.it


1. How do you all think restorative justice helps build empathy? Do you have a story of when you saw it or felt it?
2. When you are sitting in a restorative justice process how do you know when empathy is happening?
3. What ways do you work to build empathy when doing restorative justice?
4. What else would you like to say about restorative justice and empathy?

 

I’m Deb Witzel, the Executive Director for the Longmont Community Justice Partnership and CO-producer of the Colorado Restorative Justice Summit set for August 9, 10 and 11th in Denver.

 

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The Courage to Listen in Conflicts | Conflict Remedy

The Courage to Listen in Conflicts | Conflict Remedy | Empathy and Justice | Scoop.it
“Courage is what it takes to stand up and speak; courage is also what it takes to sit down and listen.”—Winston Churchill

 

What does it take to sit down and listen to someone we disagree with, instead of dismissing them as the enemy or turning to violence?

 

First we must accept that they are full and imperfect human beings, just as we are, not cardboard characters in our own personal or professional drama.

 

Second, we must understand that good people can hold different beliefs and opinions. We may find their views wrong or event abhorrent, but must not equate that with believing they are themselves evil.

 

by Lorraine Segal
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A “Novel” Approach to Building Empathy across Differences | Conflict Remedy

A “Novel” Approach to Building Empathy across Differences | Conflict Remedy | Empathy and Justice | Scoop.it

Novels Can Promote Empathy: So, as a devoted novel reader and mediator/conflict coach, I was delighted when I read a blog post on the Harvard Business Review Network by Ann Kreamer, called “The Business Case for Reading Novels.” In it, she cites a number of studies that show novel reading can stimulate empathy and increase our understanding of people who are different from us.

 

Why is empathy so important in communication and conflict resolution?

We each have our own story, our own history and narrative about our lives. But we often know little about the narrative and history of other people in our personal or professional lives. Even with people we feel close to, we operate far more from assumptions rather than genuine understanding.

 

by Lorraine Segal
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Bus bullies suspended, justice served - now teachers' work begins

Bus bullies suspended, justice served - now teachers' work begins | Empathy and Justice | Scoop.it

As an English teacher, I know appreciating literature takes empathy, something foreign for most of my students, as it was for the Athena boys who didn't recognize Klein's tears as a sign to stop taunting....

 

What happened to Karen Klein was tragic in every way, and the boys’ sentence was just. Though it was kind for people to open their pocketbooks and donate to a much-deserved retirement fund and vacation for Klein, money won’t erase the pain she will forever feel, nor will money fix the real problem. It can help prevent it - funding is desperately needed for programs like mine, which can and do change villains to victors. Empathy education is needed now more than ever. It starts with us. Every child, no matter what they’ve done, needs to know that at least one person has a vested interest in their future, someone who cares for them unconditionally. Perhaps someone like you.

 

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Dahlia Lithwick & Edwin Rutsch: How to Build a Culture of Empathy on the Supreme Court and Beyond

Dahlia Lithwick & Edwin Rutsch: How to Build a Culture of Empathy on the Supreme Court and Beyond | Empathy and Justice | Scoop.it

Dahlia Lithwick writes about the courts and the law for Slate and is a commentator on various national media programs such as NPR, Rachael Maddow Show, Democracy Now, etc. She has written and commented on the role of empathy in relationship to the Supreme Court, same-sex marriage and woman's issues.


There was a great deal of contention and confusion about the nature of empathy during the last Supreme Court nomination hearings. We talked about preparing now, for the next Senate discussions and debates about the role of empathy in the justice system and Supreme Court.

 

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ACR Conference Workshop in September

ACR Conference Workshop in September | Empathy and Justice | Scoop.it

Dorothy J. Della Noce will present “Beyond Empathy: The Role of Compassion in Conflict Resolution” at the Association for Conflict Resolution (ACR) 2012 Annual Conference on Thursday, September 13, 4:00 PM – 5:30 PM. The conference is being held September 12-15, 2012 at the Sheraton New Orleans.


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Morning Joe: Panel talks empathy, judges

Morning Joe: Panel talks empathy, judges | Empathy and Justice | Scoop.it

Video on msnbc.com: May 29: CNBC's John Harwood joins the Morning Joe gang to discuss judges who employ empathy from the bench.

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Oregon Prison Project

Oregon Prison Project | Empathy and Justice | Scoop.it

Oregon Prison Project at Madras Prison
Why do we teach Compassionate (Nonviolent) Communication at the Deer Ridge Correction Institution in Madras?

 

There is overwhelming evidence that those who receive empathy training increase their pro-social behavior, and further evidence that parolees who receive Nonviolent Communication training show an increase in empathy. Inmates taking our trainings report enjoying the changes that occur in all of their relationships including with their families, other inmates, and the correctional officers in prison.

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Nonviolent Communication Teachings Bring Peace in Oregon Prisons - Prison Dharma Network

Nonviolent Communication Teachings Bring Peace in Oregon Prisons - Prison Dharma Network | Empathy and Justice | Scoop.it

Is there a way to handle criminal justice that is more effective and humane than the current approach being used in the U.S, with its focus on long, mandatory prison sentences? Do prisons even meet our collective need for long-term public safety? Fred Sly, director of the Oregon Prison Project, thinks there is a better way....

 

Empathy, which according to Sly, is “a felt sense of what is alive in another person, coupled with a holistic understanding of what these feelings mean to the person, all without becoming that person.” Empathy is very similar to compassion, which is for many Buddhists the essence of the Buddha’s teachings. Whereas compassion could be thought of as the heart’s natural response to suffering, empathy could be thought of as the heart’s natural response to whatever is alive in another person, whether or not it involves suffering....


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President Obama should have Wendy Long teach him the proper role of judges

President Obama should have Wendy Long teach him the proper role of judges | Empathy and Justice | Scoop.it

When President Obama was pushing for

"empathetic judges" in 2009, Major Garrett, then of Fox News, turned to constitutional scholar Wendy Long for comment.

 

Like the Founders, Long advocates impartiality instead of favoritism.

 

As Long wrote on April 16, 2009 in "What's the Matter with Empathy? Obama's criterion for picking federal judges would turn equal justice on its head" (www.nationalreview.com/articles/227308/whats-matter-empathy/wendy-long):

 

"What's wrong with being empathetic to...any group or individual in general?

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Lies, Damned Lies, and Judicial Empathy

Lies, Damned Lies, and Judicial Empathy | Empathy and Justice | Scoop.it

President Obama's praise of empathy as a valuable judicial trait triggered a shamefully partisan misrepresentation of both the concept of empathy and the nature of our judicial system more generally. In this manufactured debate, the Right presented the judicial status quo as "objective" and "universal," contrasting it starkly with a caricature of judicial empathy as "biased" and "activist."

 

To speak of the law or of the judiciary as impartial in a descriptive, as opposed to an aspirational, way is to lie. It is a very effective lie for the defenders of the status quo, because it makes the status quo seem both natural and right. And if the status quo is natural and right, any attempt to change it will be viewed as unnatural and wrong.

 

 by Mary Anne Franks

University of Miami School of Law

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Resolving Conflict Through Restorative Justice

Restorative Justice is an alternative to the judicial system that is proving successful around the world in keeping youth offenders out of jail and reducing ...
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Judges who consider genetic data go easier on psychopaths

Judges who consider genetic data go easier on psychopaths | Empathy and Justice | Scoop.it

The last prosecution witness to testify against the man who held Elizabeth Smart captive for nearly a year was a psychiatrist who said Brian David Mitchell met 17 of 20 criteria for diagnosis as a psychopath.

 

 

Evidence of psychopathy, characterized by a lack of empathy and ability to control impulses, is often seen as a "double-edged sword" in the criminal justice system, because judges could use it to justify shortening or lengthening a felon’s time behind bars. In Mitchell’s case, a federal judge ordered him to prison for the rest of his life for kidnapping and raping the Salt Lake City teenager.

 

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Empathy Conference: Panel 18: The intersection of conflict resolution and empathy

Empathy Conference: Panel 18: The intersection of conflict resolution and empathy | Empathy and Justice | Scoop.it

How do conflict resolution professionals describe empathy? What are the connections between empathy and healing conflict? How do coaches and mediators build empathy for their clients and themselves? How do forgiveness and empathy connect? These eloquent, distinguished experts in the field have a free ranging discussion of these and other related questions.

 

Topic and Questions

The general topic is the intersection of conflict resolution and empathy. I'm thinking of questions like--
 -  What does empathy mean to you?
- How does empathy fit with the work you do?
- How do you help clients/parties find empathy for each other?
- How/why does this help heal conflict?
- What makes finding empathy challenging?
- How are empathy and forgiveness different/the same?
 

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Balance Listening and Limits with Storming Teens | Conflict Remedy

Balance Listening and Limits with Storming Teens | Conflict Remedy | Empathy and Justice | Scoop.it

“I’m interested in what you have to say…”

I have seen over and over in mediations and communication coaching sessions, that people need to be listened to, to believe that their opinions and feelings matter, before they are open to change or negotiating through differences. We have to find a way to listen and respect the perspective of others, including kids.However, parents and professionals who work with teens must not to accept abuse from them, thinking they are fostering good communication or being understanding.

 

“…But you’ll have to find another way of saying it.”

 

by Lorraine Segal

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Bringing Oxytocin Into The Room: Notes On The Neurophysiology Of Conflict

Bringing Oxytocin Into The Room: Notes On The Neurophysiology Of Conflict | Empathy and Justice | Scoop.it
To explain the etiology of conflict therefore requires us to gain a deeper understanding of how the brain responds to conflict.

 

All conflicts are perceived by the senses, manifested through body language and kinesthetic sensations, embodied and given meaning by thoughts and ideas, steeped in intense emotions, made conscious through awareness, and may then be resolved by conversations and experiences, and develop into character, nurture a capacity for openness and trust, and contribute to learning and an ability to change.

 

To explain the etiology of conflict therefore requires us to gain a deeper understanding of how the brain responds to conflict. This should clearly include the ways distrusting personalities are formed, even among primates; the sources of aggressive character traits and the “fight or flight” reflex; the wellsprings of spiritual malaise and hostile gut reactions; and the neurological foundations of forgiveness, open-heartedness, empathy, insight, intuition, learning, wisdom, and willingness to change.

 

by Kenneth Cloke

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The School of Law: Teaching Empathy

The School of Law: Teaching Empathy | Empathy and Justice | Scoop.it

Teaching empathy may not seem possible in classroom settings.

 

However, a growing number of law professors recognize the importance of teaching to the whole person and encouraging students to develop an integrated professional self capable of drawing upon both intellectual and emotional insights to support empathetic understanding. Among those is Patti Alleva, the Rodney and Betty Webb Professor of Law, former Faculty Development Fellow for Teaching and Learning at the School of Law, and a two-time recipient of UND’s Lydia and Arthur Saiki Prize for Graduate or Professional Teaching Excellence.

 

But how to teach empathy? “Via literature-plus,”

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The Logic of Empathy: How Obama is like Spock.

The Logic of Empathy: How Obama is like Spock. | Empathy and Justice | Scoop.it

As Dahlia Lithwick has pointed out, conservatives have been trying to figure out what to make of the president's claim that he will look for "empathy" in his Supreme Court pick. It's not a new claim. Sen. Obama cited John Roberts' lack of empathy as the reason he was voting against him. (Jeffrey Toobin argues Obama has been vindicated.) For some, the confusion over empathy has become acute.

 

Republican Party Chairman Michael Steele, who has promised to bring a hip-hop feel to his party, said: "Crazy nonsense empathetic! I'll give you empathy. Empathize right on your behind!" A graduate of Georgetown University Law School, Steele was not quoting case law but, apparently, representing.

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The Power of Empathy in Conflict Resolution

The Power of Empathy in Conflict Resolution | Empathy and Justice | Scoop.it

Empathy has a profound ability to transform the way in which we resolve and understand conflicts. Empathy enables individuals to open their hearts and minds to not only see and understand the world from the perspective of others, but also to act in a way that is more likely to lead to a peaceful solution. In order to better understand empathy and its impact on conflict resolution, this paper will first address conflict, then empathy, how the two relate to one another, and finally, the essential nature of empathy in conflict resolution.

 

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Justice For All? | Rachel's Musings

Justice For All? | Rachel's Musings | Empathy and Justice | Scoop.it

The judge also mentioned empathy. She said that the US court system tries to bring empathy to a case. Is that so? Well, what is empathy? According to Brené Brown, there are “four defining attributes of empathy:
 

(a) to be able to see the world as others see it;

(b) to be nonjudgmental;

(c) to understand another person’s feelings; and

(d) to communicate your understanding of that person’s feelings.”

 

As a juror, i am supposed to decide the guilt or innocence of a person (i’ve been assigned to a criminal trial). That does not require that i empathize with them – understand why they did something. It requires the highest part of the human brain, as the video said, which was shown to us 45 minutes after our service began: Rational evaluation.

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Fred Sly & Edwin Rutsch: Dialogs on How to Build a Culture of Empathy in Prisons

Fred Sly & Edwin Rutsch: Dialogs on How to Build a Culture of Empathy in Prisons | Empathy and Justice | Scoop.it

To build a culture of empathy, we need to dramatically transform the justice system and place empathy at the center of it. Part of that system is the prison system. I talk with Fred Sly & Vika Miller from the Oregon Prison Project about how to transform the prison system.
 

Fred Sly, Program Director & Vika Miller, Executive Director, The Oregon Prison Project. Working with Compassionate Communications to transform prisons and make them cultures of empathy.

 

Fred says empathy is like a puppy dog pile that no-one is embarrassed to play in and all are included versus coldness and mechanical robots.

 

Vika says it's like a compassionate room where we can be everything that we are. There is room for all that we are as human beings. The opposite of empathy would be like a closed fist of disconnection, resistance and closed heartedness.
 

 

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Can Restorative Justice Stop the Schoolhouse-to-Jailhouse Pipeline?

Can Restorative Justice Stop the Schoolhouse-to-Jailhouse Pipeline? | Empathy and Justice | Scoop.it
What San Francisco schools are learning from their experiments with alternatives to punitive punishments.

 

This complex process stands in contrast to the “easy and short punitive system that’s in place now,” Litwak said. He said that students “who do enter the traditional justice system never answer to their peers and are almost always advised by their attorneys to not discuss the incident. They are also denied the ability to apologize and make amends to victims and their family members.” Part of the reason the process took so long, he said, is that it tried to build the empathy, compassion, and community that might strengthen the student and the school.

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Obama's law: 'it's judicial empathy if the Supreme Court agrees with me, judicial activism if it does not'

Obama's law: 'it's judicial empathy if the Supreme Court agrees with me, judicial activism if it does not' | Empathy and Justice | Scoop.it

Obama's preference for “judicial empathy” means appointments to the Supreme Court should favour, “Someone who understands that justice isn't about some abstract legal theory or footnote in a case book … It is also about how our laws affect the daily realities of people's lives — whether they can make a living and care for their families; whether they feel safe in their homes and welcome in their own nation.”

 

... And the Pres defines those folks as a coalition of the downtrodden and oppressed who all need a little governmental activism in their lives: the real people, the little people, the people with whom judges should have empathy...

 

In short, Obama opposes judicial activism where he deems it to contradict the will of the people, but calls it judicial empathy and endorses it when it upholds his point of view. The only “empathy” he wants to see are decisions that accord with his agenda – often liberal, sometimes not – which he feels is mandated by his 2008 presidential election, despite the fact that public opinion has actually turned against much of his platform.

 

by Tim Stanley

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