Restorative Justice when offenders don’t want community involved.

How a restorative justice practitioner handles challenges in the preparation stage is very important.  One common challenge is those that caused harm, or their parents, push back against community involvement.  Thanks to the Ministry of Justice, Jamaica for this image: My recommendation so to find out where this resistance is from, try to understand the…

Blame or Harm? How a surrogate community is helping heal harm.

St. Croix Valley Restorative Justice Program has been serving two counties since 2001.  The area of expertise includes Restorative Justice Circles and working with severe crime.  This stems from a history of Restorative Justice that began in 1998, when I was initially trained in the process.  I facilitate Restorative Justice for serious cases (where there…

The power in hearing every voice, and the power of Circle participation.

“I was at a training, about leadership and meetings.  They said something that struck me, and reminded me of Circle.  They said the meeting doesn’t start until every voice is heard.” – spoken in a talking circle. My immediate thought was about how many meetings I was in that had really never started!  It also…

Realizing how much we really do. We matter.

Wow what a week . . . from super stressed to feeling super accomplished! -solid start to a new class, advanced restorative justice dialog.  Including ‘blogging’ for students, a 21st Century life skill. -Victim Empathy Seminar – impacting 3 offenders, 3 community members. -Circle with Alternative School Students and Community Member. -powerful volunteer orientation Circle…