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Restorative Justice

Forgiveness: You Can't Have It Both Ways

Maria Mayo | Posted 07.22.2012 | Religion
Maria Mayo

Conflating biblical understandings of forgiveness with individual, therapeutic notions distorts the biblical text and creates pressure on individual victims.

Galatians 3:23-29: The Law Was Our Teacher

Reverend William E. Flippin, Jr. | Posted 06.27.2012 | Religion
Reverend William E. Flippin, Jr.

The key to dealing with most criminal behavior may well be the application of basic Christian principles: repent, make restitution, restore relationships and change your ways.

State of Fear

Robert Koehler | Posted 06.25.2012 | Politics
Robert Koehler

This was the headline: "Zimmerman, Martin's parents to face off in court." The words, of course, merely summed up a moment in the news cycle last we...

A Green Tree in Your Heart

Robert Koehler | Posted 05.01.2012 | Chicago
Robert Koehler

It's a world of risky reaching out, groping for connection. What I got was music, art, story. What I got was politics, courage and craftsmanship, sometimes wrapped around anger, more often wrapped around love.

Forgiveness: Finding the Gift in the Wound

Marina Cantacuzino | Posted 04.30.2012 | Crime
Marina Cantacuzino

"Who is the enemy?" asks Azim, "the 14-year-old who killed my son or societal forces that forced Tony to join a gang? There were victims at both ends of the gun."

Chicago Schools Pumped Up on Policing

Annette Fuentes | Posted 04.09.2012 | Education
Annette Fuentes

Policing in Chicago's schools arguably diminishes the quality of life, and more to the point, the educations of thousands of kids who get on the wrong side of the law.

Transforming Troubled Schools

Robert Koehler | Posted 04.03.2012 | Education
Robert Koehler

Restorative practices is a movement slowly transforming troubled schools and troubled communities around the globe -- a movement replacing zero tolerance and other punishment-based and wildly ineffective practices that increase people's feelings of separation and alienation from one another.

Detroit Youth Speak: The Good, The Bad and the Ugly

Yusef Bunchy Shakur | Posted 02.07.2012 | Detroit
Yusef Bunchy Shakur

When the conditions of Detroit are discussed the voices of Detroit youth are hardly ever considered a part of the conversation.

Restorative Justice And The Economy Of Grace

Derek Flood | Posted 12.20.2011 | Religion
Derek Flood

Theologians have traditionally spoken of a conflict between justice and grace: justice is about there being consequences for wrong action and grace is about leniency.

Building Community, Building Peace

Robert Koehler | Posted 12.13.2011 | Chicago
Robert Koehler

Two years ago, Chicago's Fenger High School had its 15 minutes of horrific fame when the beating death of an honor student named Derrion Albert -- caught suddenly in a surge of gang violence -- was recorded on a cell camera.

Feds: American Indian Tribes Proceed 'Cautiously' With New Crime-Fighting Authority

AP | By FELICIA FONSECA | Posted 09.27.2011 | Crime

FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. -- A year after a federal law gave American Indian tribes more authority to combat crime on reservations, few have taken the steps to...

Alternatives to a Bankrupt Prison System

Sarah van Gelder | Posted 08.29.2011 | Politics
Sarah van Gelder

The so-called war on drugs is responsible for most of the massive uptick in the prison population. Instead of punishing drug addicts, treatment lessens addiction, disease, and the crimes caused by drug use.

Retributive Justice And Restorative Justice

Rabbi Geoffrey A. Mitelman | Posted 07.03.2011 | Religion
Rabbi Geoffrey A. Mitelman

There is a difference been retributive justice, which gives us a primal sense of pleasure, and restorative justice, which is about our responsibilities as we try move forward.

Meeting the Needs of Crime Victims

Pat Nolan | Posted 06.14.2011 | Politics
Pat Nolan

Crime harms people, and it should be our goal to repair that damage. The needs of victims of crime are often ignored in our justice system. Most offen...

Infusing the Deportation System With Restorative Justice

Bill Ong Hing | Posted 06.07.2011 | Politics
Bill Ong Hing

Immigration judges need an alternative to deportation of long-time lawful residents who have usually made a single mistake -- a system that adopts a rehabilitative approach to justice might be most appropriate.

The Healing Walls

Robert Koehler | Posted 05.25.2011 | Arts
Robert Koehler

The documentary Concrete, Steel and Paint informs us with piercing eloquence that, through art and honesty, salvation and transcendent understanding are possible.

The National Empathy Divide

Robert Koehler | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Robert Koehler

The movement known as restorative justice challenges the notion that our basic response to crime should be punishment rather than healing.

How a Restorative Response to Crime Changed My Perception of Real Justice

New Harbinger | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
New Harbinger

By Katy Hutchison, author of Walking After Midnight On December 31st, 1997 my husband Bob excused himself briefly from our small dinner party to ch...

Crime and Healing

Robert Koehler | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Robert Koehler

Restorative Justice has been around for about 20 years now. It's slowly gaining a foothold in court systems and schools around the world: It is part, I'm certain, of an invisible wave of change that is transforming the planet.

Africville apology is a start, not an end

Mike Barber | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Mike Barber

Last week's apology by city of Halifax Mayor Peter Kelly, for the evictions and razing of the African-Canadian community of Africville in Nova Scotia ...

Belinda's Petition a Perfect Primer on the Subject of Reparations

Mike Barber | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books
Mike Barber

Belinda's Petition is exactly what it describes itself to be: a concise overview of the long history of struggle to repair the damage wrought by the transatlantic slave trade.

Power With, Power Over

Robert Koehler | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Robert Koehler

Derrion Albert's death is just another symptom of a city, a nation and a world at perpetual war with itself. It's merely one in a series of tragedies that we are numb to or never hear about.

A Hole in the Night

Robert Koehler | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago
Robert Koehler

I remember big, white-teeth grins, laughter, especially from the kid in the white hoodie. He was laughing as he swung and connected with my cheekbone and I went down.

Moving From Lack to Hope

Adele Israel | Posted 05.25.2011 | Denver
Adele Israel

Frances Moore Lappé is a humorous, energetic dynamo. She's a democracy advocate, as well as a world food and hunger expert. Her Grand Junction speech was titled, "Getting a Grip on Democracy."

We Shall Not Be Moved

Robert Koehler | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Robert Koehler

What struck me about these teachers was their commitment to a loving, caring, peace-building process -- in the face not simply of difficult students but the forces of cynicism and burnout.