Restorative Justice: holding people accountable, holding them with heart, 3 steps.

St Croix Valley Restorative Justice Program (scvrjp), has specialized in Restorative Justice Circles.  Link here to see session descriptions.  Each Circle is attended by 4-5 volunteers, a keeper, a storyteller and few community mentors to help support the process.  We spend time training our volunteers in the philosophy and approach of Restorative Justice, we offer…

Restorative Justice community members create consequential strangers!

I heard about his book, while listening to MN Public Radio, the story here.   Reading the article prompted me to make my own 100 people list.  (I was sure I already blogged on this but I can’t find.  I’m tired of looking.) What occured to me today after reading author Melinda Blau’s blog,  was the…

Volunteer gratitude, a community member responds to the “we were bored” explanation.

You can’t do Restorative Justice without community members.  I believe they bring in collective wisdom.  I train our volunteers on aspects of Restorative Justice, and request they show up with their best selves. I focus on Restorative Justice Accountability as being: acknowledging you caused harm understanding that harm from anothers point of view recognizing where…

Supporting Restorative Justice Volunteers – Creativity Needed!

At St. Croix Valley Restorative Justice, we are fortunate to have active volunteers.  Really committed and active volunteers.  Let me explain . . . ‘Gina” (name changed) showed up for her second pre-conference meeting at 10 am on a Sunday,  the meeting was supposed to be 1 pm on Monday.  When she called ‘Dan’, the…