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Restorative Justice

An Open Letter to Every Teacher Who Has Told a Student to Put Away a Cell Phone

Sally Lee | Posted 11.03.2015 | Education
Sally Lee

In the wake of the #AssaultAtSpringValleyHigh, in lunchrooms and teachers' lounges across the country, many educators reacted with shock that any teacher would call security for such a commonplace, modern-day classroom struggle as "Put away your cell phone."

Juvenile Review Board: A Chance for Underage Greenwich Offenders to Avoid a Criminal Record

Katherine Du | Posted 10.05.2015 | Crime
Katherine Du

Prior to the introduction of the Greenwich Juvenile Review Board (JRB) in late 2008, every arrest in Greenwich, Connecticut was processed and sent directly to court.

Interrupting the School to Prison Pipeline Through Restorative Justice

Fania E. Davis | Posted 10.05.2015 | Black Voices
Fania E. Davis

Our schools are creating pipelines to violence and incarceration instead of pathways to opportunity and success. Once ensnared, it's hard to escape from the system; juvenile incarceration is the strongest predictor of adult incarceration.

Another School Shooting -- and What We Can Do About It

Matthew Albracht | Posted 10.02.2015 | Politics
Matthew Albracht

It feels as though there is a gaping hole in our nation's soul. It is time we take a serious look at the epidemic of violence in America, and begin to implement real solutions; they are out there. It's hard to deny that easy access to guns, especially semi-automatics, play a serious role in these mass shooting tragedies in the U.S. How many mass school shootings happen in nations with strict controls on guns? How many mass school shootings happen in the United Kingdom, Australia or Canada each year? None. And yet, our mass shootings in the U.S. continue to rack up. There is certainly a correlation. But there are other important causes at play as well. We must develop social structures and comprehensive strategies that can help bring healing to our communities and build resilience in our society. Can we really afford to wait any longer to do so?

A Call to Leadership: Strategies for Building Restorative Communities

Dr. Artika R. Tyner | Posted 09.22.2015 | Black Voices
Dr. Artika R. Tyner

Leaders are called upon to build new bridges, promote the common good, and uplift others. Restorative justice can serve as a tool for achieving these goals. Restorative justice focuses on the interrelatedness of the human experience and offers a framework for resolving conflict.

The Pope Goes to Prison. The Bishops Explain Why.

Eric Lotke | Posted 09.21.2015 | Crime
Eric Lotke

On Sunday the Pope will visit a prison in Philadelphia. Why is Francis spending precious papal time behind bars? The answer is in a statement published in 2000 by the Catholic Bishops of the United States.

Entering Prison With a Syllabus

Andy Watts | Posted 08.31.2015 | Education
Andy Watts

I've visited Robben Island three times as a college professor. Yet, it was only when I began teaching in a state prison in Nashville, Tennessee did I understand the full weight of Mandela's call to resistance.

Iraq Documentary Filmmaker Turns His Lens on the US Prison Pipeline

Ming Holden | Posted 08.21.2015 | Entertainment
Ming Holden

Manning's current work on The Odyssey Project film grows out of the belief that relying on that "sophisticated machine" of mainstream media to tell the truth about incarcerated young men of color would be an exercise in futility.

Rehabilitation, Restitution Undermined by Illinois' Supersized Criminal-Justice System

Hilary Gowins | Posted 08.12.2015 | Politics
Hilary Gowins

An ideal corrections program focuses first on keeping the public safe. Public safety depends on crime prevention, which means that an effective corrections program is one that isn't simply punitive, but is transformative, aimed at stopping the cycle of crime.

Hanging On to Hope to Keep Black Men and Boys Alive

Marian Wright Edelman | Posted 08.01.2015 | Politics
Marian Wright Edelman

South African Archbishop Desmond Tutu, one of the world's leading peace and justice advocates, has called Bryan Stevenson "America's Nelson Mandela." He has gotten innocent men off death row, successfully argued before the U.S. Supreme Court multiple times, including to ban "death sentences."

Let's Talk About Prison Reform

Laura De Palma | Posted 07.07.2015 | Impact
Laura De Palma

There is no doubt we have come a long way in shifting our national, collective consciousness around this issue. But is the national conversation regarding criminal justice reform moving in the right direction?

A Restorative Promise Inside a Prison

Pierre R. Berastaín | Posted 06.30.2015 | Impact
Pierre R. Berastaín

Today, MCI Norfolk is a medium-security prison where bars have gone up, but where the commitment to rehabilitation and community remains an important pillar for the Department of Corrections.

Vote for a Visionary

Ari Nessel | Posted 06.22.2015 | Impact
Ari Nessel

Two and a half years ago, when I announced my intention to give away $1000 a day to an individual change-maker, every day for the rest of my life, people thought I was nuts.

The Humanity of the Guilty: A Crime Survivor's Path of Forgiveness

Elizabeth Weill-Greenberg | Posted 06.16.2015 | Crime
Elizabeth Weill-Greenberg

In my work as an advocate and writer, I've encountered countless men and women who are incarcerated for crimes they did not commit. There is a particular tragedy to these cases.

How One California City Pays Its Most Violent Offenders To Stay Out Of Trouble

The Huffington Post | Joseph Erbentraut | Posted 06.04.2015 | Crime

As Baltimore, already in the national spotlight over the police killing of Freddie Gray, endured its deadliest month in almost 40 years, the search fo...

This Cop Used Empathy Instead of Force, and it Worked

Eric Michael Johnson | Posted 05.21.2015 | Crime
Eric Michael Johnson

Around 11:30 on Tuesday night I witnessed something incredible. A man was out of his mind screaming nonsense along the Seawall that extends from Vancouver, BC's West End neighborhood around the 4 sq. km. region known as Stanley Park.

Teaching Peace and Life Skills in Schools: Why Not?

Matthew Albracht | Posted 05.19.2015 | Education
Matthew Albracht

Schools are our main social avenue of learning. While the primary focus of teaching in schools is predominantly on academic skills, many feel that lif...

Everyday Abolition: Working Towards Non-Punitive Accountability

justin adkins | Posted 05.30.2015 | Impact
justin adkins

Practicing restorative justice begins in our everyday lives. In an everyday setting jumping to punitive measures raises questions like the following. What do you do when your neighbor/friend is verbally having a loud disagreement with her teenager?

The Case for Restorative Justice

Nancy Michaels | Posted 05.03.2015 | Education
Nancy Michaels

Restorative justice has the capacity to empower those who have not been empowered in the past. Individuals and communities begin to act collectively, which is necessary in order to challenge the punitive structures that keep our young black and brown boys from succeeding.

Racism, Crime, and America's Faith in Punishment and Violence

Derek Flood | Posted 04.09.2015 | Religion
Derek Flood

Rather than approaching crime from the perspective of restorative justice and public health, seeking to help people to reform and re-integrate, our country has instead not only continued in a model of punishment that can only be described as "medieval", but has grown it to a scale unprecedented in world history.

A World of Kindness: This Week in Daily Giving

Ari Nessel | Posted 04.06.2015 | Impact
Ari Nessel

I have the privilege of making seed grants to social change leaders around the world. Here are the extraordinary people and projects that our community of givers supported this week.

Two Years Later, Chicago Recalls Hadiya Pendleton's Promise

Jeffrey Bishku-Aykul | Posted 04.01.2015 | Chicago
Jeffrey Bishku-Aykul

The national sense of urgency over the reckless violence that two years ago yesterday took the life of an honor roll student like Hadiya Pendleton -- who just a week earlier had performed at President Obama's inauguration -- has vanished. Yet there are signs of change here in Chicago, however gradual.

Breaking Down Barriers: This Week in Daily Giving

Ari Nessel | Posted 03.07.2015 | Impact
Ari Nessel

Nearly 50 others have now joined us in the practice of making a grant a day. As of Dec. 31, 2014, we have made 790 total grants in 55 countries.

L.A.'s Shockingly Archaic Treatment Of Its Juvenile Offenders

Jacqueline Caster | Posted 04.20.2015 | Los Angeles
Jacqueline Caster

L.A. has long maintained an image in America as a progressive, cutting-edge, and trend-setting environment. So it should come as a huge shock that regarding the treatment of children in the juvenile justice system - Los Angeles may be the most backward major metropolitan area in the nation.

The Militarized Divide

Robert Koehler | Posted 02.10.2015 | Chicago
Robert Koehler

Either we're united by our common humanity or we live in a broken world, a nation hellishly divided against itself, a roiling stew of privilege and squalor. And no one in such a world is free -- that is to say, fully himself or herself, fully human.