The Care and Feeding of Human Connection

Welcome to the launch of our new blog.  Likely I’ll be the principal writer, but we invite guest writers to take us into the details of their Restorative worlds.  Or you can tip us off to a personal or professional story; we’ll interview you and write it up.

The point of these writings will be to give guided tours of the landscape of Restorative Justice Practices (RJP).  It’s vast.  Not unlike our biological ecosystem.  Restoration cultivates an interpersonal ecosystem that includes cultural traditions, human habits, relationships of all kinds, rules and norms governing behavior, and so on.  No one could cover it all, and it is constantly evolving.  We’ll visit specific situations where the approach is being used, and we’ll occasionally note where RJP is abused.  At other times, we’ll climb up a tall hill where we can see broad issues affecting the field as a whole.

We’re hoping to reach a wide variety of people, from the merely curious to veteran practitioners.  In super-brief, Restorative Justice is about healing those involved in wrong-doing, especially the victims, instead of relying on punishing the wrong-doer, as if punishment itself resolves conflict.  Restorative Practices are the umbrella that includes the Justice protocols, but uses its principles to deal with issues beyond crime and misbehavior, in order to build relationships and maintain our communities.  If this is new territory to you, the RJP 101 on our website or our Curated Library will get you started.

We invite RJP savants and elders, friends and anyone else to circle up with us for good, healthy debates.  Strong feelings are encouraged; aggression is not.  Personally, I’m sick of adversarial battles.

Archives

Getting to the root of bullying.

The research is clear; kicked-out kids get worse.

Podcasts with different perspectives on how to help.

True to our belief in the principles of restorative practices, these podcasts offer diverse perspectives on life during these times.

Voyaging in the land of Restorative Justice Practices

The Restorative mindset respects the scale of our interpersonal landscape.     He says, “We in the West view crime through a particular lens.  The “criminal

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Juvenile Justice and Restorative Conferencing

On The Law Matters with Municipal Judge David Bazar and Deb Morais, Julia discusses YRP’s Restorative Conferencing program in Rhode Island schools, and how

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Drugs, Drop-outs and Restorative Justice Conferencing

The lovely Roxanna, as we’ll call her, sighed heavily as she joined a circle that included a school administrator, two conference facilitators and her

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Rhode Island’s New Law Mandates Recess for Kids

Ask adults what their favorite subject in grade school was and often you’ll get “recess.”  Yes of course, they also liked the science of

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College Campus Discipline That Works

Here’s a clear, real-life illustration of the use of Restorative Justice (RJ).  Skidmore professor David Karp tells the story of how the college handled

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Chronically Misbehaving Kids Suffer Mental and Social Disease

Naturally, Faina Davis, a lawyer and head of Restorative Justice for Oakland Youth (RJOY), would have a happy-ish story about what happens when troubled

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