Love as a path to accountability. Care and connection as expressions of love.

I’ve been home a few days and I am still in “awe” over my experience at the Idaho Juvenile Justice Association Conference.  It really struck me how hard people are working to engage young people in meaningful, healing relationships.  The fact this is good for community, reduces harms and builds safer, healthier adults was really…

Restorative Justice, beyond the victim-offender conference.

From an article in the Eau Claire Leader. HUDSON – Randy Spence admits it would take a miracle for him to ever forgive the drunken driver who killed his daughter. But Spence also realizes how close he came to possibly taking the lives of four people years later when checking his phone and running a…

Restorative Justice stakeholders discuss program experience.

 Valentine’s Day 2012 was a good one!  Judges, court clerks, law enforcement, social workers, fellow nonprofit providers, clergy, attorney’s and victim advocates attended a stakeholder meeting hosted by SCVRJP.  (New website launched today – check it out!) The panel speakers came from a variety of backgrounds and experiences with Restorative Justice. Randy shared the experience…

Atten Schools! Violence prevention and conflict resolution solutions that work!

The Saturday Pioneer Press, front page story: Friend Me, Fight Me.  Short version, issues outside of school, erupted at school and a Mother is very, very upset. I shake my head.  I get confused.  My google alert for ‘Restorative Practices’ has changed over time.  In the last year the references have moved from dental and…

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…

What gets to “justice”? Perspectives, understanding perspectives.

I was fortunate to be asked to help facilitate a series of Circles that involved law students, inmates and various speakers.  The speakers were volunteers from various aspects of the criminal justice system (a victim, police officer, judge, prosecutor, public defender). I met a man who, as a person, has stayed with me.  You know…