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Restorative justice offers an alternative to traditional criminal justice responses. Instead of focusing on punishment, it seeks to repair the harm that has occurred while still ensuring accountability. It allows for people who have been harmed, communities, and those who have harmed to have meaningful input into how to respond to conflicts and delinquent behavior. Restorative justice can be used at every point in the juvenile justice arena as a way to support at-risk young people, reduce disproportionate minority contact, provide opportunities for individual and community healing, and increase public safety. Restorative justice can take many forms, most notably conferencing models, victim-offender dialogues, and circle processes. On this episode of Spotlight on Youth, guests will discuss restorative justice and highlight several models that have been successfully implemented.
Lauren Abramson, Founder & Executive Director, Community Conferencing Center; Assistant Professor, Child Psychiatry, Johns Hopkins School of Medicine
sujatha baliga, Director, Restorative Justice Project & Associate Director, National Council on Crime & Delinquency
Cheryl Graves, Executive Director, Community Justice for Youth Institute
Nancy Schertzing has spent the last six years as Restorative Justice Coordinator, first in a public school initiative and now with Michigan State University’s Department of Residence Life. She is currently completing her M.S. in Community Services with certification in Community Engagement at MSU.
She is certified by the IIRP both in conferencing facilitation and training, and had the privilege of learning the Circles process from Kay Pranis. Nancy has used her training and experience to introduce and train people from a variety of disciplines in the art restorative justice practices.
Mark Yantze engineered the first Restorative Justice Program in Canada, in 1973. Beginning with the Elmira Case a well-known multiple vandalism incident that led to the arrest of two young men. Mark came up with the idea of having the offenders face their victims in place of taking the young men the court. Based on the success of that first RJ resolution process Kitchener, Canada proceeded to initiate Community Justice Initiative - The first of many RJ programs in Canada. Mark served as Executive Director for CJI until retiring in 2009.
Mark, currently, is an adjunct Professor At Queens School of Religion, Queens University, Kingston, Ontario. He is involved as a facilitator in addressing clergy misconduct and its aftermath with various denominations with FaithCARE. And, he is a presenter of numerous workshops, nationally and internationally, on Restorative Justice and the application of it to numerous situations and settings.
Restorative Justice offers a novel approach to dealing with criminals. Both offenders and victims become integral to the process with offenders encouraged to take responsibility for their actions — apologizing to victims, repaying stolen money and performing community service — in lieu of jail time.
Locally, social worker and mediator Linda Harvey and former Kentucky State Trooper Diana Queen have a pursued a vision for restorative justice in Kentucky. Harvey leads Juvenile Restorative Justice in Lexington, a program that works with juveniles who commit public offenses or who are considered beyond the control of their families or schools. Queen is the Executive Director of the Restorative Justice Center of Kentucky and is engaged in bringing restorative justice practices to schools, courts and the community.
On this segment of Spotlight on Youth, Harvey and Queen will talk about their work and what more can be done to expand the use of restorative justice in the juvenile justice arena and possibly shift the paradigm of our deeply embedded adversarial system of justice for the benefit of both offenders and the community.
Blog Talk Radio Show topic: RESTORATIVE JUSTICE - FOR VICTIMS AND OFFENDERS.
Dr. Jean Kennedy will explore some of the issues and concerns she has felt from her experience in working with HIV/AIDS patients. She sees the same attitude of indifference shown towards a sexual offender.
The overall issue is that God-fearing people seem to treat an individual who has problems or issues differently than someone who appears normal. She sees this same attitude affecting the way a sex offender is treated in the community. How should we view others who are different? Is the concept of Restorative Justice the answer? She will address these issues and give her insights.
June 8, 2014
• A COMPARISION OF HIV/AIDS PERSONS TO SEX OFFENDERS.
• HOW SHOULD WE VIEW OTHERS WHO ARE DIFFERENT?
• WHAT IS RESTORATIVE JUSTICE?
• HOW DO WE DISPLAY THIS TO A SEX OFFENDER?
Kris Miner is the Executive Director of St. Croix Valley Restorative Justice Program. SCVRJP works toward community healing through programs such as: Victim Impact & Underage Consumption Panels, Controlled Substance Circles, Community Conferencing, Victim Empathy Seminars and Safe Teen Driving Circles. SCVRJP also conducts trainings, workshops, and presentations to help make the world a better place
Professor Scott Wood is the Director of the Center for Restorative Justice at Loyola Law School in Los Angeles, CA. Professor Wood will talk about his work in Restorative Justice at Loyola Law School and at Homeboy's Industries where he conducts a Victim/Offender workshop with former gang members.
Restorative justice involves seeing crime as more than just lawbreaking. It considers the harm that criminal activity does to individuals and to communities, and then creates opportunities for all parties involved to work together toward healing. In this episode, we hear from Victor Jose Santana, coordinator of engagement programming at ROCA in Boston, Massachasetts. He will discuss his research in the restorative justice field and how his community engagement work at ROCA connects with this important strategy for strengthening communities.
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The growing practice of arresting students for disruptive behavior in school has led to the so-called "School to Prison Pipeline." The larger issue is that our criminal justice system is focused on punishment instead of accountability, and it is biased based on race and income. For 14years the Community Conferencing Center in Baltimore has worked to provide effective Restorative alternatives to school suspension, court, and incarceration--producing 60% lower recidivism at 1/10th the cost. Learn about their work and how you can mobilize this work in your community.
As the Founding Director of the Community Conferencing Center in Baltimore, Lauren Abramson has seen first-hand : a) that the "Jerry Springer Model" of dealing with each other is not working, b)that our discipline and justice systems are broken, and c) that we have very effective, low-cost ways to fix them. Now all we need is the political will to do so. With the Community Conferencing Center, Lauren has been using Community Conferencing and Daily Rap dialogue circles to effect system reform and empower victims, offenders, and family members to actively participate in fair, accessible community justice.
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Photo of Lauren Abramson taken by Sue Culig.
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