Transformative Justice

What is Transformative Justice Transformative justice is a perspective that emerged from indigenous justice practices. It focuses on healing rather than revenge, and considers questions of justice and injustice in relation to both interpersonal and...

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The De-escalation Stage

All conflicts, even intractable ones, eventually wind down and are to some degree transformed, so that they become regarded as tractable. Collective identities do change, sometimes abruptly, when state borders change or when states break up or even...

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Conflict Transformation

I. The Lenses of Conflict Transformation  A. In everyday settings we often experience conflict as a disruption in the natural flows  of our relationships.  1. We notice or feel that something is not...

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Mediation: Justice for Whom? by Anil Xavier

Original post can be viewed here:http://mediationblog.kluwerarbitration.com/2015/08/25/mediation-justice-for-whom/ “Mediation” in some Criminal Cases Recently, a Judge of the Madras High Court (India) while hearing a bail appeal of a man...

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A Restorative Circle in the Wake of a Police Shooting

I. On August 30, 2010, a Seattle police officer shot and killed John T. Williams, a First Nations wood carver, while he was walking down a sunny downtown street with the tools of his trade -- a piece of wood and a small carving knife. A. The officer...

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Some Reasons Offenders Participate in VOD in Crimes of Severe Violence

· An opportunity to finally express remorse and regret directly. · A chance to give voice to the unrelenting feelings of guilt. · A chance to give voice to the unrelenting feelings of shame. · A chance to give voice to...

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(I Can’t Get No) Satisfaction: Using Restorative Justice to Satisfy Victims’ Rights

I. INTRODUCTION  A. The responsibility of sentencing defendants is the most difficult task within the criminal justice system.   2. As the Honorable Jed S. Rakoff noted above, a sentencing judge is faced with the role ...

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Who Benefits From Restorative Justice?

Here at Midwest ADR, we empower individuals who live, work, or operate in any of the following environments: Civil and Criminal Justice System Restorative Justice (RJ) can be used anywhere to prevent conflict, build relationships and repair harm by...

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The Dream Scenario

Imagine a world... Without overcrowded jails… In which crime is almost non-existent In which conflicts are transformed and resolved in a positive and effective manner Victims, offenders and the community at large could live...

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The Science and Art of Restorative Justice

Restorative Justice is an alternative approach to the criminal justice system. We understand that people have difficulty resolving conflicts and we also understand that we can effectively and positively transform conflicts into resolutions through...

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Mediation is Like Peeling an Orange in One Peel by Steve Mehta

  Recently, I had a mediation where it became patently obvious that the case had been set for mediation too early and the parties did not fully understand the other side's position. The case started with demands and offers in two different...

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