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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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Dalhousie restorative justice response to Facebook comments questioned

from the article by Marieke Walsh in Global News:

Dalhousie University’s decision to use a restorative justice process in dealing with offensive Facebook comments have some people concerned that there won't be real consequences for the perpetrators.

The university says some of the female victims chose the informal approach which is one of two options under the school’s sexual harassment policy. The decision means that the victims, perpetrators, and the university will work together to look at the harm done by the sexually violent and abusive comments and what the appropriate consequences should be.

Dec 23, 2014    , , ,

Kenya: Justice for the victims, and the nation

from the article by Ndung’u Gethenji in New Vision:

In post-conflict countries, like Kenya in 2008, there are almost never clear winners in the showdown. Thank God for that: such victory usually follows genocide or mass murder, where one side is annihilated. Instead of such murderous clarity, millions of Kenyans must find the political accommodation that secures the sanctity, society and continuity of the nation.

That approach is recognised worldwide as a fundamental practice for protecting a fragile peace. The 2004 Report of the UN Secretary-General on ``The Rule of Law and Transitional Justice in Conflict and Post-Conflict Societies' asserts that ``we must learn to eschew one-size-fits-all formulas and the importation of foreign models, and, instead, base our support on national assessments, national participation and national needs and aspirations'.  The Secretary-General goes on to support the ICC's existence as a necessary part of the array of approaches to finding justice and peace.

Dec 22, 2014    , , , ,

Victims at the heart of our justice system

from the article by Scott Simpson in Sun Media:

Since 2008 the Government has been working hard to put victims at the heart of our justice system, because we know they deserve and need our support.

Laws can't change the past, or take away the pain victims may have suffered, but they can provide protection and support services....

Dec 19, 2014    , , ,

An alternative to suspension and expulsion: 'Circle up!'

from the story by Eric Westervelt on NPR:

Oakland Unified, one of California's largest districts, has been a national leader in expanding restorative justice. The district is one-third African-American and more than 70 percent low-income. The program was expanded after a federal civil rights agreement in 2012 to reduce school discipline inequity for African-American students.

At Edna Brewer Middle School, the fact that students are taking the lead — that so many want to be part of this effort — shows that it's starting to take root.

"Instead of throwing a punch, they're asking for a circle, they're backing off and asking to mediate it peacefully with words," says Ta-Biti Gibson, the school's restorative justice co-director. "And that's a great thing."

Dec 18, 2014    , , , , ,

'No option' but to remand case

from the article in Otago Daily Times:

A former Central Otago policeman who admitted making an intimate visual recording of a teenager showering, using a police-issued iPhone, will have to wait until next year for his application for a discharge without conviction to be heard....

Regardless, Judge Phillips said he intended to adjourn the matter based on other concerns.

"I would want the victim here to be independently spoken to and a detailed victim statement obtained of her independently . . . I am concerned about it all. She is entirely unrepresented here."

Dec 18, 2014    , , , ,

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