5 key reasons Restorative Justice enhances the effectiveness of drug and problem-solving courts.

Following the heels of the published success of drug courts, veterans courts have emerged.  A recent CNN story highlighted success in California.  I really appreciated that the Judge featured shared this: ” . . . we have a ethical and moral obligation to restore . . .” SCVRJP has been collaborating with area drug courts and…

Balance and alignment can be like justice and healing, different and similar.

Work-Life balance, it’s a familiar  mantra.  Encouraging us to have equal joy, equal efforts, equal time.  I believe in being congruent, being a person of value and principle, at home or work. Another phrase we use: “All work and no play”.  I think that is a statement used to justify play.  I’m tainted, I was raised by…

Circles promote alliance. Alliance is crucial to change, healing, recovery and restoration.

My background is in counseling.  The therapeutic alliance was important, often highlighted at the most important component for change.  Positive relationships between therapist and client brought about the most positive and long-lasting changes. As social workers, teachers, probation officers the professional alliance is the relationship from professional to client.  Restorative Justice professionals/providers/specialists/facilitators also need to be aware of the…

Mentoring and recognizing the depth and skill needed to facilitate Restorative Justice.

A few recent experiences of trying to offer some coaching and mentoring, didn’t go so well.  I feel an obligation to the profession to help others with Restorative Justice.  I struggle because I don’t want to come off like a “know-it-all”.  I try to find balance in sharing my experiences (so others don’t make the…

Using Restorative Justice Circles to heal from suicide.

In April 2010 the River Falls community held a community forum/panel on suicide.  The panel of presenters included mental health, social services, school and community representatives.  The topic was relevant as our region experienced a high number of suicides.  The program aired on RFC TV, Chn 16.  Near that time SCVRJP was holding a Circle Training.  Circle…

Keeping Restorative Justice, R-E-S-T-O-R-A-T-I-V-E Justice.

In the recent issue of WisKids Journal published by the Wisconsin Council on Children and Families (WCCF)an article was titled:  Restorative Justice Light –  Something to Think About for RJ Programs (link to article). One of the WCCF projects is Justice for WI Youth, the project staff person is Jim Moeser, and he authored the article. I…