December 2014

Poverty in Canada; Solitary; RJ and sexual crime; Aboriginal Justice

December 17, 2014

The Canadian Press- Poverty In Canada: 1 In 7 Lived In Low-Income Families In 2012, StatsCan Says– The statistics are disheartening. The Guardian UK- Food banks don’t solve food poverty.- Graham Riches- Does it take a British publication to point out to Canadians that 11.6% of Canadians experience food insecurity. The economic and social implications are unacceptable and in the opinion of Louise Arbour, a human rights issue.

The Daily Beast- Dear GOP Fix the Damn Justice System!– Jonathan Alter- Are social conditions in the US today similar to those that gave rise to the French Revolution?

The Globe and Mail- Editorial- Corrections Canada failed Edward Snowshoe, and it knows it– ….”flagrant overuse of solitary confinement – a punitive measure so counter-productive that even the incarceration-crazy United States is putting an end to it.” Related- The Globe and Mail- Retired Supreme Court Justice Arbour slams practice of solitary confinement.

Phys.org- Restorative justice may provide additional justice mechanism for victims of sexual crime, study shows– Victims should have the choice.

Montreal Gazette- Opinion: Justice for Indigenous children- the heart of reconciliation– Terry LeBlanc- “To be truly reconciled, several issues need our consideration, but one that deserves our immediate attention is the education of First Nations, Inuit and Métis children.”

The Toronto Star- Editorial- Doubling of native women in prison is a blight– “…just 4 per cent of Canadian women are aboriginal. Fully 40 per cent of women in federal and provincial jails are aboriginal, a staggering 97-per-cent increase in the number of aboriginal women jailed over the past decade.”

BCLocalNews.com- More accolades for Community Justice Centre– Kudos!

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Truth & Reconciliation; RJ & Sexual Assault; Drug Courts

December 05, 2014

Yes!Magazine- Fania Davis- Truth-out.org reporting- The US Needs a Truth and Reconciliation Process on Violence Against African Americans– “The problem is hundreds of years old, and it is one we must take on as a nation. Truth and reconciliation processes offer the greatest hope.” Can RJ stop the carnage? Is it time and is it the will of the people?

The Hill- Daniel Choi- South Korea and Japan: Restorative Justice and Reconciliation– “The chilly relationship between South Korea and Japan continues to be a significant obstacle to agreements in East Asia. Perhaps a restorative justice approach, similar to the Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC) of Post-Apartheid South Africa, can create a path towards a culture of peace and reconciliation between the two states.”

iPolitics- Steve Sullivan- How to settle the Pacetti affair- without politics– Is there still a debate? Can RJ be used in cases of sexual assault (alleged)?

Huffington Post- Robert Koehler- Restorative Justice and the Rebirth of Chicago– “The vision is a city interlaced with restorative justice hubs — community centers that bring hope and promise to troubled kids in a town where too many of them are dying.”

Brandon Sun- Mia Rabson- Province awaits drug court details– ““The drug treatment court (DTC) model is a valuable alternative to the correctional system for drug-addicted offenders,” said Clarissa Lamb in an emailed statement. “Through the collaboration and co-operation between health and court authorities, positive outcomes for the drug-addicted offender are being achieved.”” Lets hope the federal government is listening and renews the funding.

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Gladue; Texas closing prisons; Aboriginal women behind bars; RJ not just about forgiveness

December 04, 2014

Legal Feeds- Funding made available for Gladue report writers in Ontario– Yamri Taddese- “Gladue reports — which include recommendations for conviction, such as restorative justice — are submitted to courts due to the disproportionate number of aboriginal people in the criminal justice system.” Culturally sensitive access to justice issue is recognized.

BBC News- Why Texas is closing prisons in favour of rehab– Danny Kruger- Read about Right on Crime and the highly successful Prison Entrepreneurship Programme.

The Canadian Press- Steve Rennie- CTV News report- Big spike in aboriginal women behind bars: government study– “The over-representation of aboriginal people in the Canadian criminal justice system has been acknowledged as one of the most challenging aspects facing the justice system today,” What is required is a concerted effort to develop services in the community so individuals are prevented from being criminalized in the first place.

Goderich Signal-Star- Restorative justice not just about forgiveness– Dave Flaherty- “Restorative justice isn’t about simply forgiving past transgressions, but allowing those who were wronged to have a voice. While restorative justice doesn’t have all the answers, it does have some.”

The Canadian Press- Jim Bronskill- CTV News report- Flexibility, partnerships key to modern policing: federal panel“Working effectively within and through this (community) web — rather than as isolated entities — will allow policing organizations to better respond to existing and emerging issues.” Makes sense for policing to engage community. They tried it in Prince Albert Saskatchewan with notable results.

 

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