An update from the 2nd National Conference on Restorative Justice.

A very blustery day here in San Antonio Texas.  I made a new friend before I left the hotel this morning.  We started chatting over coffee and visited all the way to the session.  I should have asked her for ‘blogging’ permissions. There are almost 300 people here.  I’ve connected with some old friends and…

Restorative Justice gives people their own stories, you own your story.

One of the many reasons I love being a woman, is our love of language, our need to tell our stories.  I heard that’s what happened when women would talk around the fire.  Men had to be out hunting and gathering, silent stalking.  Women got to talk to each other.  We use more words in…

Values are crucial to Restorative Circle process.

In this photo I am placing the ‘values’ plates in the Center.  ‘Safe Teen Driving Circle’ we are usually held in classrooms.  Getting students in a Circle and the desks have little room for students to slip out and place their paperplates in the Center. You won’t find me doing a Restorative Justice Circle without…

Restorative Justice – meeting with victims

Recently I’ve had a number of meetings with victims, and worked with them in a variety of places in the Restorative Justice process.  Restorative Justice is victim centered, meaning the victims make decisions about participating, about the conference and support them after a restorative experience. I’d like to offer you my experiences and suggestions for working with people who have experienced harm.  I’ve got…