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Restorative Justice

The Stanford Sexual Assault Victim Has Broken Our Hearts: For the Better

Marjorie Clifton | Posted 06.13.2016 | HuffPost Home
Marjorie Clifton

There hasn't been a day this week, where at a dinner or boardroom table, the topic of the Stanford sexual assault case hasn't come up. What is markedly different about this particular violent act, what has spurred so much outrage, grief, bewilderment, and therefore widespread discussion -- is the brave and powerful statement made by the anonymous victim.

Rethinking Criminal Justice

Robert Koehler | Posted 05.19.2016 | Chicago
Robert Koehler

In this time when our self-inflicted troubles seem so obvious but the possibility of change -- that is to say, political transformation, through awareness, compassion and common sense -- feels more illusory than ever, something extraordinary, that is to say real, is on the brink of happening in Chicago.

The Key To Reducing School Suspensions? Treat Kids With Empathy, Says Study

The Huffington Post | Rebecca Klein | Posted 05.12.2016 | Politics

A little bit of empathy can go a long way. Students who get suspended from school are more likely to later drop out and face jail time. By making stud...

The Radical Work of Healing: Fania and Angela Davis on a New Kind of Civil Rights Activism

Sarah van Gelder | Posted 03.29.2016 | Black Voices
Sarah van Gelder

"Self-care and healing and attention to the body and the spiritual dimension--all of this is now a part of radical social justice struggles." Angela...

Restorative Justice Curbs School-to-Prison Pipeline

Christopher Zoukis | Posted 03.21.2016 | Crime
Christopher Zoukis

As the school-to-prison pipeline system continues to be under scrutiny, schools in the Los Angeles area are working to reduce this, armed with mounting evidence that harsh punishment for small offenses at an early age does not reduce crime rates, but makes it more likely that offenders go to prison than to college.

No Person Should Have More Care in Prison Than in Freedom

Larry Schooler | Posted 03.18.2016 | Politics
Larry Schooler

We run from that which makes us uncomfortable, and those convicted of crime can easily give us that feeling. In the case of Darryl Hunt, I plan to sit with this discomfort and ask myself what care a free person deserves--no matter their past.

The Shout of Sacred Consent

Eric Leroy Wilson | Posted 02.19.2016 | Religion
Eric Leroy Wilson

The memories of the older women I observed as a child at Riverview Church are etched indelibly in my mind. This church built by the sweat and labor o...

Children Not Criminals: Bringing Restorative Justice to Our Schools

Deborah N. Archer | Posted 02.02.2016 | Black Voices
Deborah N. Archer

Of course, it is critical - from both an education and a public safety perspective - that schools are safe. Children will struggle to learn if they are afraid for their physical safety. Yet, the culture of school discipline seems to have less to do with safety than with race.

Victims of Human Trafficking Must Be Treated As Victims

Preston Shipp | Posted 01.29.2016 | Crime
Preston Shipp

As we commemorate Human Trafficking Awareness month, we should be especially concerned with healing victims of the kind of trauma caused by being trafficked for sex, even if those victims have acted out violently.

Is the Criminal Justice System Just and What Do We Do if It's Not?

Hope Lloyd | Posted 12.07.2015 | Crime
Hope Lloyd

It's been demonstrated time and time again that the trends and tenets of mass incarceration in America are regrettable and wrong. But regret and condolences are not enough. We must change the way we think about policing, crime, criminality and prisons in America.

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 07.07.2016 | 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 06.30.2016 | 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 06.13.2016 | 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 06.15.2016 | 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...