March 2014

National Justice Network Update

March 31, 2014

Conservatives to roll out a Victims Bill of Rights– According to the government “Victims of crime deserve to be treated with courtesy, compassion, inclusion and respect. It is important their rights be considered throughout the criminal justice system.” The response from the John Howard Society described the notion as a return to “medieval” justice and a distraction from the real problems facing the system. Catherine Latimer, writing in The Toronto Star, said the real crisis lies in clogged and delayed courts, as well as overcrowding in prisons and remand centres.

Canadian Resource Centre for Victims of Crime– March 2014 Newsletter

Ottawa to cut program for for residential school victims: Justice Murray Sinclair– The man heading the commission into the trauma caused by Indian residential schools says Ottawa plans to cut a program that helps survivors of the system to heal.

‘Pay for success’  initiative charts new course for crime prevention’– ‘ The evidence shows that prison is a miserable failure’

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New Survey Reveals Canadians Concerned About Youth Crime and Justice

March 28, 2014

New Survey Reveals Canadians Concerned About Youth Crime and Justice– A variety of revealing statistics….

Cheryl Suzack on reparatory justice, human rights and Indigenous feminism– The 2014 Eakin Lecture takes place on Mon. Mar. 31, 2014 at McGill.

Residential school survivors event draws thousands in Edmonton. 2,000 children gather for the final national event of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission. Final report to follow in 2015.

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Ashley Smith’s death was ruled a homicide. Has the prison system changed?

March 27, 2014

How long will Ottawa ignore our broken prison system? Since the Ashley Smith verdict and recommendations three months ago, the plight of prisoners with mental health conditions continues to be dire. Catherine Latimer Executive Director John Howard Society of Canada.

The Political Rise of Restorative Justice– HuffPost (US)– The tide of justice being called for is one of accountability, data that cannot be denied, and a hope for the future of this country as it steers away from its global reputation as the incarceration nation.

Toronto’s Carding System is Basically a ‘Stop and Frisk’ Program– …visible minority youth do not have a trusting relationship with police….

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Canada’s Truth and Reconciliation Commission

March 26, 2014

Reconciliation: A new generation of aboriginal Canadians weighs in. Residential school survivors say the apologies are too little, too late.   The “apology” is central to restorative justice. Has dependence upon apologies to create right relationships rendered them disingenuous and impotent?

Schools and Police are embracing ‘teachable moments’ with restorative justice rather than punitive justice.

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March 25, 2014

March 25, 2014

Addict Housing to Disappear Despite Manitoba Judges’ Support– another necessary support falls by the wayside……”without a home to send addicts to, judges will be forced to send them to jail.”

The rest of the world regards Canada critically as the Canadian government displays a pattern of behaviour detrimental to the very foundation of Canadian democracy. From gerrymandering to election fraud to unconstitutional changes to parole eligibility and more, when will Canadians wake up and reject this chilling undermining of democracy.

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March 21, 2014

March 21, 2014

Restoring What? The need to restore trust is at the core of restorative justice…..

Supreme Court rules that law cutting access to early day parole is unconstitutional. “The unanimous ruling is the latest sign that the largely conservative court hand picked by Prime Minister Stephen Harper is willing to draw a line in the sand against certain aspects of the government’s tough-on-crime laws.”

Mean girls, meaner boys– young people’s online behaviour…..

Airdrie antibullying campaign partners with international foundation- stopbully.com

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March 20, 2014

March 20, 2014

Republicans suddenly get smart on crime. Harperites have yet to clue in.

Teachers are low on the list of people students turn to when cyberbullied. Is the zero tolerance policy hurting educator’s ability to respond?

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March 19, 2014

March 19, 2014

Aboriginal youth are already over represented within the criminal justice system. Does this mean more could fall through the cracks?

Restorative Circles are a much better way of empowering students to change behaviour. Read about the impact it is having on this school.

The First Perspective– Gladue Reports now available…….

Why do children join gangs? “It turns out that, like violence, gang membership is as much a public health problem as it is a criminal justice problem…..”

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March 18, 2014

March 18, 2014

The irrationality, ineffectiveness and costs of the Harper crime agenda,”prison is an expensive way to make bad people worse…..” but what does the public think. The Harper government may be making public opinion the cornerstone of justice policy, however, general public opinion indicates Canadians believe sentences are too lenient and the corrections system is not rehabilitating offenders. The best way to counter these perceptions is through education. But don’t look for any quick fixes. Changing deeply rooted cultural values takes generations.

Calling for justice by walking with art… Art exhibit responds to unsolved cases of murdered and missing Aboriginal women.

The EU justice scoreboard: Towards more effective justice systems in the EU. A wealth of interesting information.

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March 17, 2014

March 17, 2014

First Nations in NB– Federal government plans to improve services and programs for First Nations…..

RJ program launches new look– Sunshine Coast, BC……

Prison Restorative Justice Programme Wins Prestigious Award- Isle of Man- The prison’s RJ programme has been officially recognized for for its outstanding work with offenders over the past two years…..

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Can Mandela’s model for Restorative Justice work in healthcare?

March 10, 2014

Feb. 25, 2014  An interesting application for Restorative Practice.

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Restorative Justice, not death penalty urged for accused bomber.

March 10, 2014

Feb. 21, 2014  National Catholic Reporter

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CoSA Loses Federal Funding

March 04, 2014

Feb. 27, 2014- At the end of March funding ends for one of the most widely respected and effective programs for working with sex offenders, Circles of Support and Accountability (CoSA). Read more… 

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Restorative Justice Lessons from Libya

March 03, 2014

Feb. 2014, Special Report- Shooting breaks out in a reconciliation meeting in Libya

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