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 Powerpoints Idaho Juvenile Justice Association Presentations.

It was a great conference in Idaho.  I really enjoyed seeing and learning how the state’s justice workers are embracing and utilizing Restorative Justice.  I hope the four sessions I offered were helpful.  I got some individual feedback, the sessions didn’t include evaluation forms for me to review.  I spoke to what I thought would…

Restorative Justice Circles, structuring the human element.

Be human.  Be a good relative, establish solid relationships by being relatable. Restorative Justice Circles process is MORE than just a talking piece.  It is a way of holding a Circle, inviting each and every person to be both student and teacher.  Using values, consensus and 4 stages to guide people through the experience of…

Restorative Justice begins with Judge None.

At St. Croix Valley Restorative Justice Program (SCVRJP), we teach our volunteers, our participants, and our speakers/storytellers as much as we can about core Restorative Justice philosophy and approaches. We use the Little Books of Restorative Justice and Circle (Zehr & Pranis) found at Goodbooks.  We have powerpoints we ask to be reviewed and a…

Doing Restorative Justice with the core concept of WITH.

From IIRP: people are happier . . . and more likely to make positive changes when those in authority do things with them, rather than to them or for them . . . I have been so fortunate.  To get to do Restorative Justice as a full-time job, provides so many opportunities.  I’m the executive director, and I provide a great…

Restorative Justice with community, how they impact, what they bring.

I firmly believe in the RJ triad, of including victims, offenders and community members in the encounter process of facilitating Restorative Justice. Community participants in Circle are crucial.  I wouldn’t set up a process without them.  Community participants provide this: reinforce the norms for behavior in a community. A neutral set of eyes on the incident,…