Dealing with the percent that don’t follow through, and keeping a restorative view.

I have read a variety of studies, that the success of restorative jusitce, in part is measured by the offenders that follow thru with agreements.  I remember seeing this to be around 80% and comparison groups to be under 60%.  I quickly grabbed this reference article for you.  The U of M, Center for Restorative…

Tackling tough issues in Restorative Jusitce Talking Circles, showing up “compassionately strong”.

I have had the good fortune of doing restorative justice full time, for about 4 1/2 years, the year before that I did it part-time.  I’ve been an advocate of the process for a dozen years now.  I’ve been in my share of Circles, and I have immersed myself in learning all I can about…

As Restorative Justice practitioners, hard work needed regarding victims. 5 things to do.

I want to offer some lessons for people who do restorative justice.  These lessons are for working with victims in either a victim-offender dialogue or a talking circle.  I think its important to keep up our compassion towards victims skills.  To really do our best, I have 5 things to work really hard at:  1.) Stay…

We are as strong as our weakest relationships.

Consider for a moment your most conflicted relationship.  Who are you at conflict with right now? Today, at this moment.  The person maybe part of your inner circle of connections, your child, spouse, friend or coworker.  Maybe you have a more distant relationship that is in conflict, a boss, an ex-wife, an old boyfriend. Conflict…

The value of viewing people in the context of their relationships.

I am rereading Restorative Justice Transforming Societies.  I am teaching from this book, the University of Wisconsin River Falls, Special Topics course Intro to Restorative Justice.  As I read the book again, from just a year ago, I’ve been suprised at what I find interesting, or have more experience with that creates these “a-ha’s” for…