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Justice in Ferguson, Missouri: can restorative justice apply here?

Since the shooting death of an 18-year old unarmed black teenager Michael Brown by a white police officer on August 9, 2014 the 24-hour news cycle has never stopped covering events in Ferguson, Missouri, a suburb of 21,000 outside of St. Louis.

Criminal justice reform in the U.S. Is restorative justice on the agenda?

The following is a link to a number of interviews done on the PBS News Hour on August 7th, 2014 (and earlier in August) which focused on the American criminal justice system.  Included in this segment are interviews with U.S.

Restorative Justice in Seychelles at Montage Posee Prison

RJI was pleased see the following article about victims and offenders meeting in Montage Posee Prison in Seychelles. We thank the Seychelles News Agency for this link.

Restored Life Journeys: Bill Dyer’s story (Florida, U.S.)

RJI acknowledges the work of Bill Dyer, a victim of violent crime in Florida and founder of Restored Life Journeys. He tells his story via Plough.com. http://www.plough.

Apology Banks: good or bad?

Recently at a national correctional conference where I was presenting on victims-driven  restorative justice I also participated on a panel on restorative justice with other justice experts from around the country.

Exoneree Gerry Conlon Remembered: Accused of IRA Bombing in 1974

RJI today acknowledges the passing of Gerry Conlon, exonerated ex-prisoner who was wrongfully convicted in the UK for crimes he did not commit. He served  15 years for a crime he did not commit.

Wheaton College: Victims of Violent Crime Speak in Support of Restorative Justice

What a conference we had at Wheaton College, Illinois on May 29-30, 2014 at the Correctional Ministries and Chaplains Association annual conference.

Wheaton College: RJI presents victims-driven restorative justice

Glad to have presented victims-driven restorative justice at Wheaton College in Illinois. RJI was pleased to host a victims panel on restorative justice and a workshop.

Use of Restorative justice in New Zealand results in less crime

Good news out of New Zealand. Evidence based research shows crime rates go down with the use of restorative justice. RJI is not surprised.

UK documentary: “Can Criminals Say Sorry?” with Brooke Kinsella

RJI is posting this excellent documentary “Can Criminals Say Sorry?”  with host Brooke Kinsella and produced by BBC Three Documentary. It’s an intensive look at restorative justice from a crime victim’s perspective.