Teen Court – Youth Court :(

I don’t like Teen Court or Youth Court. I typically don’t focus on the negative.  I’ve discussed this enough and had enough experiences that my opinion is formed.  I can blog and say I don’t like them.  I will tell you why. In Wisconsin, when a  juvenile is processed in the FORMAL circuit court process, there…

Classroom Story – by Catherine

Just another example of how circles make a huge difference in the classroom. I teach 2nd grade in an urban (St. Paul, MN) elementary school. We are over 70% poverty and about the same for minority percentages. I implemented circles into my daily practice last year after taking a training from Kris Miner at St.…

Guest Post from Catherine

In talking about Restorative Justice, I share the point of getting to know each other.  The more you know about someone the less likely you are to harm them.  This is also a basic premise of Restorative Justice.  Recently my coworker Catherine, shared the following story with me, I asked her to blog on it…

RJ Conferences and Circles

Posting from the International Institute of Restorative Practices Conference in Toronto Canada! Today I was volunteering at the Living Justice Press, book sales table.  I got to interact with a number of conference attendees.  I decided to volunteer, since LJP will be publishing an upcoming text on Safe Teen Driving Circles.  (two links to other…

Circles create lasting connections

I was waiting to pick my daughter up from work, one of her coworker emerged from the back.  He’s a young man that participated in a Circle with me 2 years ago.  “Jay” was court ordered to attend, and we had to work to get him there.  His worker and I coordinated his attendance, I even picked him…