5 key reasons Restorative Justice enhances the effectiveness of drug and problem-solving courts.

Following the heels of the published success of drug courts, veterans courts have emerged.  A recent CNN story highlighted success in California.  I really appreciated that the Judge featured shared this: ” . . . we have a ethical and moral obligation to restore . . .” SCVRJP has been collaborating with area drug courts and…

Me? Am I at home in the emotional world? Values are feelings.

It’s hard to express yourself when you don’t know who you are. My life is in great transition.  I am living alone for the first time in 18 1/2 years.  I am a single, work-a-holic.  I just glanced at a Wedding invitation and that makes me feel better about connections. The last few months of…

Restorative Justice Circles engage all participants in the outcome.

Doing Democracy with Circles by Ball, Caldwell & Pranis: Circles ensure that each voice will be heard and each concern taken into account.  Circles involve full participation.  When Circles work, it is because all the participants are involved in shaping the process and keeping it on track.  The participants, not the facilitator, hold themselves and…

Perspective. A powerful tool for promoting understanding and compassion.

SCVRJP has a program supporting drug court participants and family members.  Circles of Understanding. The format is to have 3 participants in drug court, 3 community members and 3 support people (whose loved on or family member has been in drug court or experienced addiction).  The Circle meets for 8 weeks.  Week 1 and Week…