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The common sense link between people with mental health needs and the potential value of restorative justice practices has been described in the academic literature in many places. However, this notion has invariably remained at the stage of a good idea in theory, with scarcely any progress into the practical implementation of such practices. This webinar will provide an overview of the initial steps taken to formally embed restorative justice and restorative practices in forensic mental health services in settings in the United Kingdom. Our discussants will describe how restorative approaches have begun to take root in each of their unique contexts, leading to reflections on what has been achieved and the on-going challenges in light of their diverse mental health settings. Cultural factors, as well as wider health economics, service pressures, and societal pressures will be considered.
When: Wednesday, January 17, 12-1:30pm ET
Guests: Sarah Cooper, Dr. James Tapp, and Fin Swanepoel
Host: Gerard Drennan, PhD.
In September 2022, Josh Bacon published a book that lays out a restorative process for making things right with yourself and then the world. Based on over twenty three years of coaching thousands of people through their setbacks and failures, Josh discovered the most important part of the restorative process was not the presenting struggle the person was facing, rather the meaning made from the struggle. Josh will share seven steps to help those facing challenges, struggles, setbacks, and failures, not only to hold themselves accountable but to grow stronger and wiser from the experience and be better able to meet the next challenge.
Desirée Anderson has previously published chapters in Colorizing Restorative Justice and Ethics in Higher Education, focusing on implementing restorative justice with fidelity and towards justice as repair. Desirée suggests that creating repair has to happen in everyday practices, in the nitty gritty, the mundane. Good restorative justice and restorative practices happen in the fine print, in the design of services, the programs, and the policies. Prominent forms of restitution are often more rhetorical (and only focused on outcomes) than substantive (more focused on process), and Dr. Anderson suggests a shift towards good process as that which creates good outcomes.
In this webinar, we will hear from Josh and Desirée about their current projects and practice, and engage in dialogue about meaning making, and about making it right.
When: Wednesday, February 21, 12-1:30pm ET
Guests: Josh Bacon and Desirée Anderson, Ph.D.
Host: DeMointé Wesley
This webinar will amplify some of what is happening at the intersection of restorative justice, sexual harm, and masculinity. It will explore the following questions:
When: Wednesday, March 20, 12-1:30pm ET
Guests: Kate Crozier (she/her), Carol Bilson M.A. (She/Her/Ella), Sarah Scanlon (they/she), Jude Oudshoorn (he/him)
Host: DeMointé Wesley
Centering victims and survivors of harm is a longstanding principle of restorative justice. What does this mean in the restorative justice movement today? How should we define “victims” and “survivors”? What needs must be addressed? Join us for a critical conversation with the leaders of two RJ-informed initiatives centering survivors of violence who offer fresh […]
This webinar will explore the contested issue of “standards” in restorative justice, using the example of a current initiative in the Canadian province of British Columbia as a basis for group discussion and learning. While some restorative justice advocates urge that standards are essential to maintaining quality practice and securing the confidence of referral agents, […]
St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, Richmond, Va. In June 2015, Dylann Roof, a White Supremacist, shot nine people at Bible Study in Charleston, South Carolina. The Reverend Wallace Adams-Riley later delivered a sermon about his own church, St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, Richmond, Va. (This webinar was sponsored by the Virginia Foundation for the Humanities).
Coming to the Table began when two dozen people, African and European descendants from both sides of the system of enslavement in the United States, gathered together at Eastern Mennonite University in January 2006. (This webinar was sponsored by Virginia Foundation for the Humanities)
This webinar will reflect on the Maine Wabanaki-State Child Welfare Truth & Reconciliation Commission, which dealt with a situation where native families “suffered unjustly under racially biased policies designed to disrupt community, disband traditional family structure and solve ‘the Indian problem’ by assimilating native children into white society.” (This webinar was sponsored by the Virginia Foundation for the Humanities)
Drawing from both the Transforming Historical Harms manual (Hooker and Potter-Czaijkowski EMU 2012) and the Little Book of Transformative Community Conferencing, Hooker will discuss the role and practices of unveiling hidden narratives that support and sustain conflict, and those that allow conflicting parties to move forward together. (This webinar was sponsored by the Virginia Foundation for the Humanities)
This course has been postponed to late fall (2017) or early winter (2018). Please check back again at that time for ways to register. This six part course is an introduction into restorative justice with an emphasis on its applications in law enforcement. Participants will explore innovative ways to incorporate restorative justice within an agency, […]
“There is no greater power than a community discovering what it cares about. Ask “what’s possible?” not “what’s wrong?” Notice what you care about, be brave enough to start a conversation that matters.” –Margaret Wheatley Guest Bio Officer Vanessa Westley is a twenty-five year veteran of the Chicago Police Department.
What is transformative justice? What can restorative justice thinkers, scholars and practitioners learn from the contemporary transformative justice movement? This webinar offers an introduction to transformative justice. It will also highlight leading organizers’ current work to conceptualize transformative justice praxis and create responses to intimate violence.
Many attorneys are seeking ways to implement restorative principles and/or practices within their law practice. Over the past few years, some of these have been gathering to share ideas and support one another -they include a wide range of law practice i.e. criminal defense, prosecution, personal injury, family law, and others.
A girl is sexually abused by her father, and runs away. “Never again!” she yells as she slams the door. Now she’s on her own. Obviously she needs to survive.— But she also needs to heal her wounds and come to terms with the family she left behind. Author Eric Lotke discusses his new novel, […]
Over the past couple of decades we have seen greater cross-fertilization between the realms of restorative justice, restorative theology, and restorative church practices. What might be gained if there were more deliberate efforts to encourage these cross-over conversations? Could theologians of the Christian faith benefit more from having direct knowledge of restorative justice case studies?
The first guiding principal of Restorative Justice states that “Crime is fundamentally a violation of people and interpersonal relationships.” Yet, crime is not always judged as criminal and there can be far-reaching impact. Recent events involving the shootings of unarmed African Americans by police clearly represent a violation far beyond that of the grieving families and their immediate communities.
As practitioners of Restorative Justice we often do not take enough time to reflect on our practice and the learnings we have gleaned from this beautifully healing and hard emotional work. This webinar explores Restorative Justice through the lens of working with men in prison and trauma healing awareness.
The Community Conferencing Center has been providing Restorative Practices in Baltimore for 18 years across many sectors, including: neighborhoods, schools, juvenile justice system, prisons, etc. Founding Director Lauren Abramson will discuss the successes, the challenges, and a vision for moving forward.
Young people most affected by mass incarceration and the school-to-prison pipeline are leading a movement for restorative justice in their schools and communities. In Chicago, Voices for Youth in Chicago Education (VOYCE), a collaborative led by students of color, recently won the passage of a school discipline law that requires all Illinois schools to dramatically change their discipline policies.
A main purpose of the reentry circle is to give Individual imprisoned people the opportunity to address their needs for transitioning into the community with the support of their loved ones. They meet in prison with loved ones who they identify and are invited by the facilitator. Often the circle is the first time the imprisoned person has seen some members of their family for months or years.
The Honorable Robert Yazzie is a retired chief Justice of the Navajo Nation. He was the Chief Justice of the Navajo Nation from 1992 through 2003. He practiced law in the Navajo Nation for 16 years, and he was a district judge for eight years.
Our fourth webinar focused on pipelines to prison, what perpetuates those pipelines, and how RJE can begin to disrupt them. It’s been a great series and we’re grateful for our guests who have taught us so much about RJE.
In this webinar, Carl Stauffer, Kathy Evans and Johonna Turner from Eastern Mennonite University, will discuss Restorative Justice in Education and examine the ways in which the implementation of restorative justice in school settings can address racial disproportionality and interrupt the cradle to prison pipeline.
Dorothy Vaandering and Brenda Morrison, established educators and researchers, will share with us aspects of relational pedagogy, emphasizing the importance of building relationships with students, and discussing how RJE helps teachers to do that.
Students from Fairfax County Public Schools Thomas Jefferson High School will present their student led restorative justice program. In September of 2013 the student honor council adopted a restorative justice approach to address academic integrity issues. Students were trained and mentored to facilitate restorative justice circles for cheating, plagiarism and other academic integrity issues.
In this webinar, youth leaders in the program discuss the pitfalls and successes associated with instituting an alternative form of discipline and community building.
C4RJ is a unique community-police nonprofit partnership founded in 2000 and operating in the Greater Boston area. The unique initiative has engendered widespread regional interest; C4RJ now serves 13 police departments and communities with requests for expansion continuing apace.
In this interview-based webinar, Ellen reflects on the theory and practice of restorative justice but also on the case documented in the film.
In this webinar Harley will provide his perspective on restorative justice based on his cultural and personal experience as a practitioner. He will also speak on the impact of unresolved historical trauma and its effects on conflict in indigenous settings as well as what it might mean for Restorative Justice.
This webinar explores the relationship between restorative justice values and the architecture and design of spaces in which justice occurs, including restorative practices.
Najla Mangoush will outline the possibilities for conflict transformation in Libya, by moving beyond state authority for controlling the transition and intervention in the aftermath of mass crimes and integrating restorative justice principles and customary practices.
Carl interviews Lorraine and Howard on their experiences with establishing restorative justice programs. Lorraine Stutzman Amstutz is the restorative justice coordinator for Mennonite Central Committee U.S.
Launched in 2008, Fambul Tok provides an innovative example of a community-driven and owned transitional justice process that illustrates the spark of creative genius resulting from the partnership of civil society and local communities that are allowed to dream and act out a better justice for the future – a reconciliatory, healing justice that holds promise for generations to come.
What application does restorative justice have in the highly-charged, adversarial context of death penalty cases? Is it possible to do more to engage the families of homicide victims in these cases and in doing so, to help address their needs? What can and should the defense team do in these situations?
This webinar explores what happens when Restorative Justice goes to prison.
Elaine Zook Barge directs the Strategies for Trauma Awareness and Resilience (STAR) program at EMU. She has facilitated trauma trainings throughout the United States as well as Mexico, Haiti, the Sudan, Colombia and Myanmar.
Sujatha Baliga is a lawyer and restorative justice practitioner who facilitated a restorative justice process for a murder covered in The New York Times Magazine. How did this case unfold? What can restorative justice practitioners learn from this pioneering case? What is the relationship between forgiveness and restorative justice? How do we relate to the media on these issues?