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Restorative justice emphasizes repairing the harm caused by crime. When victims, offenders and community members meet to decide how to do that, the results can be transformational.

To see how this approach is changing all aspects of criminal justice, visit the rooms above, the map to the right and the blog below.

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Restorative justice is a win-win

from the article by John D. Due Jr. for CNN.com:

....The larger question this case raises is the role of the police force in a community. Is it to be at war with the community on a militarized basis to destroy the enemy in a zero-sum game of winners and losers? Does this mean we need to train our police in anti-terrorism and war games with a military orientation of being a winner against a loser?....

Sep 15, 2014    , , ,

Oklahoma teen acts to right his father's wrong

from the report by Steve Hartman on CBS News:

Seventy-eight-year-old Tona Herndon of Bethany, Okla., was vulnerable in every way. Her husband of 60 years had died just two weeks earlier....

She was mugged as she visited her husband's grave.

The mugger got away with her purse and $700, but not for long. Police caught him, and the news put his mug shot on TV.

Fifteen-year-old Christian Lunsford says the first time he saw the picture, he recognized it "in detail." He had no doubt that it was his dad....

Sep 12, 2014    , ,

Are restorative justice conferences effective in reducing repeat offending? Findings from a Campbell Systematic Review

from the article by Sherman, Strang, Mayo-Wilson, Woods and Ariel in Journal of Quantitative Criminology:

Restorative justice conferences [RJCs] delivered in the manner tested by the ten eligible tests in this experiment appear likely to reduce the future frequency of detected and prosecutable crimes among the kinds of offenders who are willing to consent to RJCs, when victims are also willing to give consent to the process. 

Sep 11, 2014    ,

Interview with Jon Collins, Restorative Justice Council CEO

from the Restorative Justice Council website:

“While there’s quite a lot of support for restorative justice now within the criminal justice context, I think that there’s work to do at the national level in other sectors - for example, in education, in care homes, in other areas where people come into conflict - to make sure that restorative practices can be rolled out across all those areas.”

Sep 10, 2014    , , ,

Community based sociotherapy in Rwanda: healing a post-violent conflict society

from the article by Jean de Dieu Basabose:

....Sociotherapy is simply understood by Nvunabandi and Ruhorahoza (2008:65), two of the facilitators of the sociotherapy program, as a way to help people come together to overcome or cure their problems. 

Sep 09, 2014    , , ,

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