restorative justice

6:19pm

Wed November 13, 2013
Education

Serving up fewer suspensions and more interaction

Leila Day

Not long ago there was a food fight at Ralph Bunche High School. And Angel Hernandez is in trouble. He’s 18, a senior, and he’s not admitting anything happened. He’s slouched in his chair in a circle in a room whose walls are covered with positive messages: ‘Respect,’ ‘Listen,’ ‘Trust.’ His mom, Maria Ramirez, sits at his side. Also in the circle is the cafeteria worker Miss Mina, and she looks pretty ticked off. “Everybody starts throwing stuff,” she says. “I said excuse me, how old are you guys? You guys want to clean up my kitchen?”

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5:50pm

Mon October 7, 2013
Cops & Courts

Crime victims find healing through restorative justice

Under CC license from Flickr user MaestroBen

 

Dionne Wilson's husband, a San Leandro police officer, was killed in the line of duty seven years ago, but she says it took her a long time to find a way to really heal.

“For many years, I carried around so much vengeance and hate. I realized at a certain point I had nothing left. I had no more tools. I engaged in a lot of self-destructive behavior. I tried to buy my way out of my grief; I tried to drink my way out for a short period. Thankfully, I didn’t take that too far. And I just didn’t have a way to move past being embroiled in the moment,” says Wilson.

Wilson initially thought the trial and conviction of her husband’s murderer would bring her some sort of comfort or closure.

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5:27pm

Mon October 7, 2013
Cops & Courts

San Quentin Radio Project: When victims and offenders talk

San Quentin State Prison
Flickr user John Weiss

KALW has partnered with radio producers inside California's oldest prison to bring you the San Quentin Prison Report, a series of stories focusing on the experiences of these men, written and produced by those living inside the prison's walls.

When an offender commits a crime, its repercussions impact not only the victim and the perpetrator, but families, friends, and whole communities.

Restorative justice is an approach that seeks to heal the many dimensions of harm that a crime creates. One way of achieving this is through a practice known as victim-offender dialogue.

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9:16am

Wed October 2, 2013

8:16am

Wed September 25, 2013
Cops & Courts

Today on Your Call: How does restorative justice work in California?

Movie still from the restorative justice documentary "Unlikely Friends." www.unlikelyfriendsforgive.com

How does restorative justice work in California? On the next Your Call we’ll talk about programs in California’s prisons that bring victims and offenders of violent crimes together in dialogue. How do these programs work? And what can be gained from alternative methods of rehabilitation? We’ll learn more about restorative justice with members of the Insight Prison Project, a nonprofit that works inside San Quentin. What do you want to know about restorative justice? Join the conversation and call in with your questions on the next Your Call, with Holly Kernan, and you.

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