July 2014

Canada’s great First Nations experiment

July 30, 2014

The Globe and Mail- Jeffrey Simpson- Opinion- “Canada, without being sure precisely how to proceed, is trying to do something with aboriginal peoples in its midst that no other country in the world is attempting. The effort involves taking the principles and statements of the Royal Proclamation of 1763 about fair treatment of natives and respect for their rights and updating and giving practical effect to those ideals for the 21st century.” Continue reading….

 

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Change jail mentality and there will be fewer offenders

July 28, 2014

Change jail mentality and there will be fewer offenders– Eileen Baldry

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No Sense of Decency

July 28, 2014

No Sense of Decency: Canada’s cruel and unusual government– Gerald Kaplan

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Til the Cows Come Home; Change Jail Mentality; How Gangs Work

July 28, 2014

Til the Cows Come Home– “The future of food, the future of justice, the future of democracy converge on this issue of the prison farms so profoundly.” Andrew McCann- The documentary is now available for showings locally. Watch the preview.

Australia- Sydney Morning Herald- Eileen Baldry- Change jail mentality and there will be fewer offenders– The comment asks all the right questions Do more prisoners equal a better, safer society? If crime is decreasing why are prison numbers increasing? Are we using prisons to penalize serious crime or to manage social problems? Where would the billions be better spent- prison or education?

UK, Bracknell,- Get Reading- Jennie Slevin- Encouraging results from restorative justice scheme in Bracknell      Kent Online- Ed McConnell- Maidstone restorative justice project scrapped  Two sides of the same coin. Can RJ practice be used to solve all harms. These reports suggest maybe not.

The Vancouver Sun- Kim Bolan- New B.C. booklet describe how gangs work. Called Understanding Youth and Gangs, the publication explains how teens are most vulnerable to being recruited by gangs when they have a driver’s licence and a need for cash.

 

 

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Police Encounters with People in Crisis; RJ an election issue

July 27, 2014

CTV News- Kendra Magione- Former SCC justice issues ‘lethal force’ report- ‘Police Encounters with People in Crisis’   84 recommendations are offered including the use of police psychologists in the recruiting and training phases, wearing of body cameras and increased use of tasers. Reactions have been mixed. Read more…….

Arizona Daily Sun- Michelle McManimon- RJ is one of the hot button issues in this years election for Justice of the Peace in Coconino County, Arizona. RJ as art of an election platform is hopefully something we will be seeing more of. Read the article……

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Making the Case for Justice System Reform

July 24, 2014

Making the case for Justice System Reform

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Practical RJ; Justice System Reform; Recalibrating Justice; Set up to Fail

July 24, 2014

The Toronto Star- Alyshah Hasham- ‘Spiceman’ case sent to unique restorative justice program before sentencing. Read more….

The Canadian Centre for Justice Statistics– Police- reported crime statistics 2013- Overall crime rate is down.

The Globe and Mail- Vancouver- Opinion- Geoff Plant- Making the case for justice system reform- “Fundamentally, what citizens want is not legal process for its own sake, but workable, affordable, comprehensible processes that actually solve their problems. Putting citizens’ needs first, rather than legal traditions, is the way to justice reform that will actually make a difference.” Read more….

The Vancouver Sun- Ian Mulgrew- Canada would be wise to follow the U.S. lead on law and order- Recalibrating Justice: A Review of 2013 State Sentencing and Corrections Trends. “Lawmakers exhibited a willingness to pursue change consistent with the growing body of research that demonstrates carefully implemented and well-targeted community-based programs and practices can produce better outcomes at less cost than incarceration.” Read more….

Ottawa Citizen– Chris Cobb- Canada’s jails filled with victims of risk-averse bail system– “A majority of the 25,000 people held in Canada’s overcrowded provincial and territorial jails are legally innocent and victims of a malfunctioning, risk-averse bail system, according to a damning new study by the Canadian Civil Liberties Association.”

Fort Francis Times Online- Heather Latter- Victims Services has new resource

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Tennessee Students and Educators for Social Justice

July 18, 2014

Prison Re-Form: The Continuation of the Carceral State

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Responsive regulation; Seal or destroy residential school testimony; Youth Promise Act(US)

July 18, 2014

Burlington Free Press- Vermont- Tim Johnson- “The notion of responsive regulation has something in common with restorative justice, an approach that summons community resources to address criminal behavior and its impact. Both responsive regulation and restorative justice draw heavily on social networks in an effort to build trust and understanding in ways that can forestall bureaucratic or legalistic fiats.” Valerie Braithwaite spoke at an RJ conference at the University of Vermont touching not only upon RJ but RJ practices in relation to child protective systems. Read more….

CBCNews- Julian Sher- Prostitution not an equal crime for men and women- “given the vulnerable role women have in the sex trade, should we be treating this as a situation where punishment should be handed out evenly?” A thoughtful analysis of the proposed prostitution law. Read more…

The Canadian Press- Colin Perkel- “The sensitive testimony of survivors of Canada’s notorious residential school system should be sealed for decades rather than destroyed, because destruction would damage the historical record, an Ontario court heard Tuesday.” Ensuring promised confidentiality and avoiding revictimization of survivors versus maintaining a historical record so victims voices will not be forever silenced. Read more…

The Baltimore Sun- Editorial- Youth Promise Act will reduce juvenile violence, crime and incarceration breaking the school to prison pipeline. Read more…. Youth Promise Action- The legislation.

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First Nations- Grassy Narrows still looking for justice

July 14, 2014

First Nations- Grassy Narrows still looking for justice

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Grassy Narrows still looking for justice; The importance of housing

July 14, 2014

rabble .ca- Michael Butler- “There is a long history of Grassy Narrows facing environmental colonialism where industry and government collude to pollute the lands and bodies of the people in the region.” This is a complex story, read more……

The Calgary John Howard Society- Clients transitioning from institutions and homelessness, the importance of housing. A video worth watching…

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Palestinian/Israeli Relations; RJ & Diet Discipline?;PRI 25th; N.L. Prison Violence

July 14, 2014

The Jewish Daily- Forward- Sigal Samuel- Families of slain Israeli and Palestinian teens turn to each other for comfort. A peace process that works. Read more….

Huffington Post- Corey Levine- Restorative justice and diet discipline?? Read more…..

Penal Reform International- To mark our 25th Anniversary and prepare for the Crime Congress in Qatar in April 2015, PRI has launched a series of monthly expert guest blogs, addressing interesting current trends and pressing criminal justice challenges in criminal justice and penal reform. Blogs will be available here on our website and as podcasts on the 25th of each month from May 2014 to April 2015. Prisons: State duty or market opportunity? Read More…….. Radicalization and de-radicalization in prison- what should we do with violent extremist offenders? Read more……

The Canadian Press- Sue Bailey- N.L. justice minister worried future prison violence could be deadly. “St. John’s defence lawyer Bob Simmonds has raised concerns about everything from air quality to basic cleanliness at Her Majesty’s Penitentiary for years. Simmonds has a ready answer for those who say public money shouldn’t finance “hotels” for convicts. Warehousing inmates in what he calls “an old dump” isn’t the best way to rehabilitate and curb reoffence rates, he said.” Read more……

Australia- Perth News Now- Emily Moulton- Perth magistrate Catherine Crawford wants Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder offenders spared prison. Her reasons make sense. Read more…..

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RJ available to every victim of crime who wants it

July 11, 2014

UK- Western Daily Press- Opinion: Restorative Justice: Coming face-to-face with your burglar.- This article is nothing new to advocates and those who work in the field. The last line defines RJ’s current mission.                           But the challenge now is to ensure that restorative justice is made available to every victim of crime who wants it, wherever they live, and at every stage of the criminal justice process.” Read the article……

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Canadian Teachers Learn About Genocide; Standards for VOD; Youth Justice

July 10, 2014

The New Times- Athan Tasobya- Rwanda: Canadian Teachers Learn About Genocide- “We are happy to share our past experience with the rest of the world. And showing them how we pulled ourselves from a very difficult situation, by initiating Gacaca court system that played a very significant role in Rwanda’s unity and reconciliation,” Justice Minister Johnston Busingye. Continue reading……

Victim-Centered Victim Offender Dialogue in Crimes of Severe Violence– 20 Essential Principles for Corrections-Based Victim Services- Developed by the NAVSPIC VOD Nationl Standards Subcommittee- developed south of the border this document provides excellent insight into the most challenging area of RJ and serious crime.

The Globe and Mail-Editorial- Every Canadian deserves justice. Even Omar Khadr– “Under international law, he was a child soldier, more victim – of al-Quaeda and his own family – than accomplice.”  CBC News- Omar Khadr wins appeal. Continue reading…..

Times Colonist- Louise Dickson and Lindsay Kines- Vancouver Island girl, 15, confined five days in Kamloops police cell.- “The needs of vulnerable youth are being put behind the need to save a few more pennies.” Read more……

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Stop Fighting Aboriginal Peoples and Learn to Share

July 07, 2014

The Huffington Post- Will Braun

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First Nations Land Rights; Inmates and Victims- Addressing Serious Crime ; Assault leads to career

July 07, 2014

The Huffington Post- Will Braun- Harper, Stop Fighting Aboriginal Peoples and Learn to Share- “In this supposed era of reconciliation, the federal government sent lawyers to court to line up against the Tsilhqot’in. If Ottawa had its way, the court would have denied the Tsilhqot’in title to their traditional lands, sent them back to court and entrenched the status quo.”  Read more….

The New York Times- Dina Kraft- By Talking, Inmates and Victims Make Things ‘More Right’- Is it worth pursuing restorative practices when it involves serious crime and ‘hardened criminals’. Read more…

NPR- National Public Radio- After Assault, Woman Finds Hope and Career in Restorative Justice- “Lorenn Walker works to help both victims and offenders after crimes are committed. She’s a restorative lawyer from the North Shore of Oahu in Hawaii, where she focuses on violence prevention and works on re-entry programs for prisoners.” Continue reading….

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Jobs and Justice

July 03, 2014

iPolitics- Steve Sullivan- “By making it harder for people convicted of crimes to obtain pardons, the government is making it far harder for those people to find jobs — to support their families, to pay taxes, to make restitution to their victims and find safe housing. Even the Harper government has acknowledged employment reduces recidivism.

The complete overhaul of the pardon system was never justified as a means to reduce crime; it was, in fact, a stupid thing to do. It works against the interests of public safety.” Read more….

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Order of Canada

July 01, 2014

Edmonton Sun- Catherine Griwkowsky- “Irene Fraser of Millet has been named a member of the Order of Canada for her work as a social justice advocate, championing the fair treatment of First Nations and Métis people in the justice system.”

European Forum for Restorative Justice– For up to date RJ news from all over Europe- worth reading!

Restorative Practices eForum– Newsletter

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Stephen Harper’s incoherent approach to crime; Landmark Supreme Court ruling

July 01, 2014

Toronto Star- Opinion- Edward l. Greenspan, Anthony N. Doob- “The criminal justice system needs thoughtful comprehensive legislation dealing in an integrated manner with difficult issues.  In 2003, Canada’s Youth Criminal Justice Act replaced the discredited Young Offenders Act. Criticism of youth justice laws virtually disappeared.” Continue reading…..

Not strictly RJ, but an important ruling- The Vancouver Sun- Peter O’Neil- Landmark Supreme Court ruling grants land title to B.C. First Nation

National Post- Comment- Benjamin Perrin- Canadian Victims Bill of Rights- “What is given with one hand (new legal rights) is taken with the other (no legal remedy if they’re breached).” Continue reading…..

Ottawa Citizen- Andrew Seymour- ” ‘Horrific conditions’ in crowded jails signal need for overhaul, says John Howard Society” Continue reading…

For the POV held by the majority, a viewpoint RJ cannot afford to ignore- The Gazette- Christie Blatchford- “…an indictment on Canadian sentencing” Continue reading….

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