Living Justice Press offers many wonderful books about restorative justice and circle healing processes. They've launched a new resource on the web about circles:
Excerpt: OTTAWA - A program that helps keep convicted sex offenders from committing more crimes is in limbo after being told its funding request has been rejected by the federal government.
I usually try to focus my news feeds on stories that have an obvious connection with the legal system but this one is an exception. This is a powerful use of circle process in community in Memphis, where they really must be putting something in the water!
Excerpt: Lit by fluorescent lights in a basement tucked under the offices of the Cottage Grove Chamber of Commerce, an ancient form of community justice is hashed out several nights a week by a group of people seated in a circle.
"It's about community involvement and repairing the harm done not only to individuals but the community itself," said Mark LaPointe, the keeper of the circle. "We have a responsibility to help those individuals repair the harm and to know what harm it is they caused."
Excerpt: The public school board will begin experimenting next fall with the aboriginal philosophy of the healing circle to settle school yard disputes and disciplinary issues.
In a report to the Greater Essex County District School Board, Clara Howitt, Superintendent of Education, introduced "restorative justice" to trustees.
This method of conflict resolution stresses bringing the perpetrator, the victim, witnesses and the authorities face-to-face to resolve differences.
Excerpt: Audubon Technology & Communication Center High School is one of 16 schools taking part in a program using principles of restorative justice. The goal is to get students on paths to make better choices, to understand the impact of what they do, to deal with people better - in other words, to learn something, to change their ways and not to just sit out classes for three days.
David talks about the program between the District Attorney and Milwaukee Schools system, particularly cases involving marijuana where the school is the victim. He also talks about sitting in circle.