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Restorative Justice

The 50-Billion-Dollar Question

Jim Liske | Posted 04.18.2014 | 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 03.26.2014 | 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 03.12.2014 | 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 03.03.2014 | 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 | Posted 04.14.2014 | DC
Michael Shank

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.

A Better Story: Justice Redefined by the Gospel

Derek Flood | Posted 03.11.2014 | Religion
Derek Flood

This is justice based on people "getting what they deserve," and we find it again and again in the movies we love. We love them because they tell us a story we long to hear.

From Death Row to Restorative Justice

Marina Cantacuzino | Posted 01.29.2014 | Crime
Marina Cantacuzino

Restorative justice is a system that fundamentally views crime as injury rather than wrong-doing, and justice as healing rather than punishment. Whilst visiting New York, Minneapolis, Hawaii and Texas I've uncovered some remarkable US-based programs that bear this out.

Reclaiming 'Chiraq'

Robert Koehler | Posted 01.23.2014 | Chicago
Robert Koehler

The kids are dying. That's what they call Chicago: "Chiraq." The situation has to change; the community has to rebuild.

The Restorative Justice League of Le Grand High School Saves the Day

Jane Ellen Stevens | Posted 01.23.2014 | Education
Jane Ellen Stevens

It would be so easy to look at this dot of a place and assume that nothing cutting-edge is going on at its high school. But that would be so, so wrong.

DC Defunds Youth Courts, Pushes Kids Into Criminal Justice System

Michael Shank | Posted 12.21.2013 | DC
Michael Shank

Will the District of Columbia be able to provide an alternative for juvenile offenses that are better suited to reducing recidivism than prosecution in the court system?

Extreme Responses to Bullying Harm Us All

Judith Browne Dianis | Posted 01.23.2014 | Politics
Judith Browne Dianis

Extreme disciplinary responses can actually make the problem worse, and even hurt the very students they are designed to protect. To defend themselves, victims of bullying often see no other choice than to employ survival tactics, which could include carrying a weapon.

Hope Flows From Hollow Water

Robert Koehler | Posted 01.23.2014 | Impact
Robert Koehler

Hollow Water First Nation Reserve may have felt utterly isolated in their troubles, but what a few of them started to do -- in synchronicity with people in other indigenous communities -- has spread hope and awareness across the planet.

Does Religion Promote Violence?

Derek Flood | Posted 11.16.2013 | Religion
Derek Flood

Does religion make you a better person, or does it in fact do the opposite, and instead foster hate, fear, and violence? One does not have to look far to find examples of violence done at the hands of religious power, but is religion itself really to blame?

A Better Story: Re-Thinking What Justice Looks Like

Derek Flood | Posted 10.27.2013 | Religion
Derek Flood

The tragic irony is that inflicting violence and harm in the name of justice does not in fact stop violence at all; it perpetuates it. When a person says "I want to make them hurt like they hurt me" what they are really longing for is empathy, for the person to recognize the harm they have done, and for them to care.

Lutherans Adopt 'The Church and Criminal Justice: Hearing the Cries'

Norma Cook Everist | Posted 10.19.2013 | Religion
Norma Cook Everist

The statement affirms the fundamental principles of the U.S. criminal justice system, such as due process of law and the presumption of legal innocence, and it also recognizes serious deficiencies.

To Keep Kids Out of Trouble -- and Prison -- Teach Them to Understand Their Emotions

Katherine Gustafson | Posted 10.14.2013 | Impact
Katherine Gustafson

While the idea of turning our schools into the backdrop for a war-zone video game is alarming enough, the call for militarization of classrooms threatens to entrench an even deeper dysfunction in our school system.

Restorative Justice Bill Introduced in Massachusetts

Pierre R. Berastaín | Posted 10.07.2013 | Crime
Pierre R. Berastaín

The first victim-offender dialogue in Massachusetts occurred in 2006, when Janet Connors met with two of the men who had murdered her son Joel.

'Gun Laws Won't Impact Us Here' In The Line Of Fire, Say Peace Workers: Part 3 Of 4

Suzanne Skees | Posted 10.02.2013 | Chicago
Suzanne Skees

Peacemaking circles, a cornerstone tool of the restorative justice movement, bring together victims and perpetrators, estranged or upset family members -- and on a weekly basis at The Center, members of opposing gangs.

"Gun Laws Won't Impact Us Here" in the Line of Fire, Say Peace Workers: Part 2 of 4

Suzanne Skees | Posted 09.29.2013 | Chicago
Suzanne Skees

A tiny white nun with glasses and grey hair, Donna rolls down her window to wave to everyone she passes on the street, from heavily armed police patrols to clusters of men she knows to be gang members.

'Gun Laws Won't Impact Us Here' in the Line of Fire, Say Peace Workers: Part 1 of 4

Suzanne Skees | Posted 09.28.2013 | Chicago
Suzanne Skees

"I'm always shocked by how many of our kids say, 'Let me show you my bullet scars.' One boy in our program still has a bullet lodged in his abdomen. It's not really about being cool, like other teenagers with their tattoos: It's more like, this is who I am."

Art as Restorative Justice in Brooklyn

NYC-ARTS | Posted 09.23.2013 | Arts
NYC-ARTS

Thanks to a 2013 "Our Town" grant announced last week by the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA), one might envy Brownsville as the place to be for ...