Restorative Justice community members create consequential strangers!

I heard about his book, while listening to MN Public Radio, the story here.   Reading the article prompted me to make my own 100 people list.  (I was sure I already blogged on this but I can’t find.  I’m tired of looking.) What occured to me today after reading author Melinda Blau’s blog,  was the…

Gripping story of teen drinking and driving . . . another lesson.

The Door County Wisconsin Sheriff’s Department and local coalition produced this video, the story of Karen and Amanda.  It’s real and it hits me because I work with situations like this at SCVRJP.  I help speakers like the ones in this video, share their story. As you watch this, you will be drawn in, get a…

Why Restorative Justice helps us with ‘belonging’.

Maslow’s Hierchy of needs, from changing minds.org.  There’s belonging right in the middle.  First we have the basic needs, food, shelter and clothing.  Then freedom from danger, and in the middle, BELONGING. How many incidences of crime or harm do you think DON’T impact the bottom two,  safety and basic needs?  Sleep disturbance is a common impact…

Volunteer statements: “every Circle is my favorite”, “I needed this Circle more than anyone here”

Once and awhile I get tired.  I get tired and lonely and frustrated.  I wonder why I am a workaholic and kick myself for doing this to myself.  I keep repeating a cycle.  Then I am in Circle and people say things that catch me off guard. Suddenly someone is talking about surviving physical abuse…

Volunteer gratitude, a community member responds to the “we were bored” explanation.

You can’t do Restorative Justice without community members.  I believe they bring in collective wisdom.  I train our volunteers on aspects of Restorative Justice, and request they show up with their best selves. I focus on Restorative Justice Accountability as being: acknowledging you caused harm understanding that harm from anothers point of view recognizing where…