Restorative Justice Talking Circles, addressing suicide.

International Institute of Restorative Practices, recently posted: Healing After a Student Suicide: Restorative Circles at the University of Vermont by Joshua Wachtel, this article highlights the use of Restorative Justice talking circles as response following a student suicide. This blog post highlights the start of Restorative Response Circles at St. Croix Valley Restorative Justice Program.  Restorative…

Restorative Justice promotes healthy relationships, one Circle at a time.

I am working on a letter to a prison inmate.  I am trying to describe and explain what I have been meaning, when I say that SCVRJP provides “support”.  SCVRJP offers our volunteers and clients (victims, offenders & community members) a place to practice positive healthy relationships. The value of a healthy relationship is invaluable.  Recovery…

Restorative Justice Circle-listening, a freedom from contructing a response.

How often do you get to listen, just to listen? The question above is asking you to think about listening, just for the sheer act of listening.  Usually we are listening to gather information or gain insights, to exchange ideas or to evaluate what the other person is saying.  You might be listening, trying to learn…

Restorative Justice brings the heart and soul to violations of the law.

Yesterday at the River Falls Rotary Club, we were treated to a presention about South Korea.  This included an explanation about the flag.  Our present explained the four elements: heaven, water, fire, earth.  It was so interesting to me, that where “air” usually is stated, “heaven” was used.  I immediately thought of blogging about this…