The Chicago community of North Lawndale is in the process of living the NACRJ motto - "Shaping Justice for the 21 Century". In forming the nations first Restorative Justice Community Count it is cutting new ground in two ways - a new type of specialty court and integrating community justice and restorative justice practices. The following video tells their story.
The River Phoenix Center for Peacebuilding is making great strides in reshaping the ways justice practices are employed in communities. The video "Now Showing" below provides a revealing insight into how they are reshaping the Gainesville, FL community.
Keynote Speech on June 1, 2014 (Audio Recording)
2015 National Conference on Community and Restorative Justice
In this amazing presentation Dr. West links the "Black Prophetic Justice" movement with the emerging restorative justice movement. Both call on people to see injustice in all its manifestations and promote a more just, equitable, and loving society. Both focus on recognizing, confronting and repairing harms of injustice at all levels of society - personal, social, economic and political. As Dr. West notes, "Justice is what love looks like in public."
If you were there, you can relive the speech. If you were not, you can listen for the first time.
The National Association of Community and Restorative Justice held its 5th National Conference (June 1-3, 2015 in Ft. Lauderdale. The opening ceremonies included the Dillard High School Drum Lime which was featured in "Drum Line" a recent documentary and vocalist Jahreal Glilnton performing "I Believe I Can Fly". Their performances provided a moving, high energy kick off to the confernece.
The video of their performances was recorded by Marc Trocchio, Assistant Principal Marina High School in Laguna, CA. ENJOY!
TED Talk by Bryan Stevenson
Bryan Stevenson is an Attorney specializing is adult and juvenile corrections, civil rights, and human rights. His TED Talk explores the nexus between the human identity and the injustice that we ignore, tolerate or accept as "just the way things are" in American society. He points out that justice requires more than law, enforcement, legal processes, and the imposition of sanctions.
Dr. Schiff is also the Lead Organizer for the 5th National Conference on Community and Restorative Justice (June 1-3, 2015).
The following two videos feature work by Restorative Justice for Oakland Youth (RJOY). The first, focuses on creating a restorative school culture using circle processes to build and strengthen pro-social behavior. The goal is to build a strong and self-governing sense of community based on respect, shared values and dialogue. Circle processes help to establish an underlying school climate that is restorative where students interact with one another as well as their teachers and school staff in constructive and respectful ways. In a constructive environment students can learn and overal academic performance can improve.
The second video provides an overview of RJOY, its mission, and school based restorative discipline which allows students, faculty and staff to address their needs and problems in meaningful and effective ways.
Restorative Justice for Oakland Youth (RJOY) is led by Dr. Fania Davis who is also a founding member of the NACRJ and a current member of the Board of Directors. In 2013 Dr. Davis and Eric Butler were co-recipients of the NACRJ Dennis Maloney Award for work with youth.
Justice requires more than reactive enforcement of law. It also requires proactive prevention strategies that repair problems, heal past harms, and improve quality of life - particularly in high crime neighborhoods. Meaningful and effective forms of justice are increasingly recognized as relational.
The Red Hook Community Justice Center in Brooklyn, NY has been in operation for about 20 years. It has helped make the area safer and more livable for residents and businesses. The following video depicts how a community-based treatment court, using relational justice strategies, can help people get their lives back on track and the community address problems in ways that improve both safety and quality of life.
Rep. Pete Lee (Colorado)