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'We spend over thirteen billion dollars a year on this system in the name of public safety. In this time of pandemic, where our hospitals lack respirators, masks, and intensive care beds, the cost of our failure to create a criminal justice system focused on rehabilitation rather than punishment will be borne by the most vulnerable, both inside and outside of prison.'
Restorative Practices QLD Case Studies'Applying restorative practices in a restrictive context may seem like a contradictory one. However, people in secure environments often find themselves there due to a range of issues which may be related to the absence of healthy relationships & communities.Two new Qld projects have stepped into this space: The Restorative Practices Project at The Prince Charles Hospital Secure Mental Health Rehabilitation Unit; & The Restorative Expansion Project at the Brisbane Youth Detention Centre.'
Applying restorative practices in a restrictive context may seem like a contradictory one. However, people in secure environments often find themselves there due to a range of issues which may be related to the absence of healthy relationships & communities.Two new Qld projects have stepped into thi...
Restorative Justice in India - Traditional Practice and Contemporary Applications | R. Thilagaraj | Springer
This book systematically introduces the practice of restorative justice in India, as a resource for comparative criminal justice research. “Restorative justice” focuses on the rehabilitation of offenders through reconciliation with victims, and with the community at large. It has gained momentum...
OJJDP News @ a Glance - May/June 2019'Restorative justice encompasses a wide range of practices and approaches that focus on the rehabilitation of offenders through reconciliation with victims and the community at large. These practices have expanded rapidly and now involve multiple models and approaches, including victim-offender conferences; group conferences, which can include family members, friends, and others in the community; and “peacemaking circles,” a process adapted from ancient tribal conflict-resolution rituals. “When properly defined and practiced, restorative justice programs can guide effective youth interventions, repair harm to victims, and enhance public safety,” said OJJDP Administrator Caren Harp. “However, the juvenile justice field generally operates without an agreed-upon definition of restorative justice or a plan for implementation.”'
In a joint blog and video, OJJDP Administrator Caren Harp and Children's Bureau Associate Commissioner Jerry Milner discuss how both agencies are partnering to promote the safety and well-being of children and families in recognition of National Child Abuse Prevention Month and throughout the year.
Caitlin Taylor: Area program spurs growth by gardening'Called the Restorative Justice Organic Garden, the community plot of vegetables, herbs and wildflowers exists among the growing greens within the Sisters, Servants of the Immaculate Heart of Mary campus. Paulie, who owns the plot, enlists the help of recovering addicts who are living in local treatment facilities. The goal of restorative justice, Paulie says, is facilitating offenders’ reconciliation with the community through meaningful projects. It’s a type of criminal justice that emphasizes rehabilitation.'
In her column this week, Caitlin gives an update on the Restorative Justice Organic Garden project.
Opinion: We’re ignoring one question, around men accused of misconduct: What could justice actually feel like?'In the 1998 book Restorative Justice: A Vision for Healing and Change, author Susan Sharpe identified five principles for effective restorative justice, a rehabilitation system that focuses on reconciliation between offenders and victims. Employed discriminatingly by experts owing to its potential for retraumatization, the concept of restorative justice places as much importance on the victim’s relief as it does the offender’s restitution and return to society as a healthier, less harmful person. Ms. Sharpe’s principles are: participation of all parties, reparation of both tangible and intangible harm, direct accountability, reintegration where there has been division – meaning that offenders are not forced to leave town – and a future-focused effort to prevent further harm.'
As people debate whether Aziz Ansari’s sexual-misconduct statement is fair recompense, it’s clear we still don’t know how to define harm – or even fairness
How Much Say Should A Victim Have In A Criminal Case?'The focus in our criminal justice system as it stands today is punishment, not restoration of the victim or rehabilitation of the defendant. Someday though, as views on criminal justice advance, the idea of restorative justice may play a greater role. By setting up opportunities for the victim and defendants (or their families) to understand what happened, to speak to each other and not just call for blood, everyone may heal quicker.'
Because of the confrontational setting, the defendant perceives the victim as the enemy, not as a human being who deserves empathy and understanding.