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Restorative Justice

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 04.01.2015 | 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.

Restorative Justice and the Rebirth of Chicago

Robert Koehler | Posted 01.13.2015 | Chicago
Robert Koehler

RJ is about repairing harm, not punishing wrongdoers and, in the process, saddling them with a lifelong identity as criminals. It's also about telling the truth, and building relationships with truth as the bedrock. It's about connecting.

Learning Our Place

Sally Lee | Posted 01.03.2015 | Education
Sally Lee

Given these fears, should parents and educators train children to be submissive and obedient in order to stay out of jail, or simply to survive? Or should they be treated as full human beings entitled to freedom, self-determination and voice in our society?

DC's Attorney General Race: A Serious Impact on District Youth

Michael Shank, Ph.D. | Posted 01.03.2015 | DC
Michael Shank, Ph.D.

Now, more than ever, we must pay attention to the practices and policies of the office tasked with prosecuting our youth. In 2011, there were 3,464 arrests of youth in the District and more than 42 percent of these were for non-violent misdemeanors.

Prison for Teen Who Lit "Agender" Youth's Skirt on Fire Thwarts Healing

Sue Burrell | Posted 12.21.2014 | Crime
Sue Burrell

The news of Richard Thomas' seven-year prison sentence raises fresh questions about how the justice system intervenes in dangerous, but clearly adolescent behavior.

Cory Booker, Rand Paul Shine Light on Shadow Side of U.S. Justice System

Lisa Sharon Harper | Posted 09.10.2014 | Religion
Lisa Sharon Harper

As prophets did in the days of abolition, the anti-lynching movement, and the Civil Rights movement, modern-day leaders, like Michelle Alexander, have traversed the country shining light on the myth of equal justice in our justice system. And on Tuesday, the unlikely duo of Sens. Cory Booker and Rand Paul joined together to address this myth by introducing the REDEEM Act.

Pasta and Peacemaking: Learning Nonviolence From My Kids

Derek Flood | Posted 07.28.2014 | Healthy Living
Derek Flood

It's amazing to me how much of our spiritual and emotional problems have clear biological and physical causes. The reason he was so demanding is that his body was hungry, and so his brain went into alarm mode:

The 50-Billion-Dollar Question

Jim Liske | Posted 06.18.2014 | Crime
Jim Liske

For decades, "tough on crime" policies contributed to the explosive growth of the prison population -- and the amount of money we spend on locking people up.

The Political Rise of Restorative Justice

Molly Rowan Leach | Posted 05.26.2014 | Crime
Molly Rowan Leach

Restorative justice, realized in many states and localities as a new framework, views and responds to youth crime with a different lens.

The Leading Edge of Peace: Our Evolutionary Path Forward

Matthew Albracht | Posted 05.12.2014 | Impact
Matthew Albracht

If this burgeoning field of peacebuilding is to reach full potential, we must help catalyze and galvanize a movement behind it and create much stronger systems and infrastructure to support it.

I Am My Brother's Keeper: Why We Must Change the Code

William Lynch III | Posted 05.03.2014 | Education
William Lynch III

A cornerstone of the school-to-prison pipeline has been overly punitive school discipline codes, with disciplinary action applied disproportionately to people of color.

With the Fixed Presence of the Military, It's Time to Focus More on Grassroots, Community-Based Restorative Justice Initiatives in Egypt

Andrew P. Klager, Ph.D. | Posted 04.19.2014 | Politics
Andrew P. Klager, Ph.D.

When top-down "solutions" from the Egyptian government, military, or state police seem out of reach or otherwise too fickle to rely on, making space for a community to band together and take matters into their own hands through grassroots restorative justice initiatives is a far more reliable.

Saving the District's At-Risk Youth From Mayor Gray's Budget Cuts

Michael Shank, Ph.D. | Posted 04.14.2014 | DC
Michael Shank, Ph.D.

The mayor's office has a surplus, meaning that its decision to restrict funding from this organization is not only strategically ill-conceived, as it invariably invites more youth to pursue a path of violence and crime, it is morally unjustifiable.

Beyond Our Broken Dreams

Robert Koehler | Posted 01.23.2014 | Education
Robert Koehler

Something beyond the insane dance of crime and punishment is happening, at least this year, this moment, in Chicago's high schools. Young people are getting a chance to excel and become themselves, as more and more schools find and embrace common sense, also known as restorative justice.

Zero Tolerance Is Mean and Stupid

Mark Daniel Snyder | Posted 03.24.2014 | Gay Voices
Mark Daniel Snyder

We live in a society that seems to thrive on violence and punishment instead of creativity and compassion.

Bereft of Democracy

Robert Koehler | Posted 01.16.2014 | Politics
Robert Koehler

I'm convinced that the human impulse toward democracy is powerful and deep; it's bigger than Chris Christie's lust for power and will outlast our current capitulations to celebrity and wealth. A democracy movement has quietly taken root in this country and around the planet, and it's growing.