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Restorative justice could help military veterans suffering from moral injuries

An article by Pauline Jelinek: War zone killing: Vets feel ‘alone’ in their guilt, describes an ideal area where restorative justice could help. Jelinek explains “moral injuries” are not the same thing as post-traumatic stress syndrome (PTSD). “Clinicians suspect some troops are suffering from what they call “moral injuries” — wounds from having done something, or failed to stop something, that violates their moral code.” Neal Conan National Public Radio (NPR) commentator sums up the…

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Restorative justice for making plea bargians

Paul Tullis wrote a fascinating article for the New York Times Magazine about restorative justice and its use in the “plea agreement” (aka plea bargain) stage (prior to conviction and sentencing) of a murder case. Can Forgiveness Play a Role in the Criminal Justice System? describes a restorative process at the plea agreement stage in a Florida murder case where a 19 year old admittedly shot and killed his girlfriend. The NYTs article, and later…

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Restorative Justice For Schools

Hawai’i’s daily newspaper The Star Advertiser published an oped I wrote on Sunday February 3, 2013, about the need for restorative justice in schools. The piece is reprinted below. Howard Zehr also wrote an interesting blog about “Restoration is a metaphor” recently and in it he announced a  webinar will air on February 27, 2013 “The Promise & Challenge of Restorative Justice Practices in Schools” on Feb. 27: The webnair technology that Howard…

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Restorative Justice for Positive Behavior Support (PBIS) in Schools

This was written in response to Paul Bruno’s, This Week in Education blog ‘Restorative Justice’ V. PSIS: Thank you for expressing your opinion on this Mr. Bruno. As suggested by some, and I agree, restorative justice and positive behavior support approaches are consistent and compliment each other. Instead of framing this as: “’Restorative Justice’ Vs. PBIS,” I suggest: Restorative Justice for Positive Behavior Support or PBIS. Kris Miner also wrote a blog 2 years…

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Restorative Justice for Positive Behavior Support or PBIS

Thank you for expressing your opinion on this Mr. Bruno. Alternatively please consider that restorative justice and positive behavior support approaches for schools are consistent and that they compliment each other. Instead of framing this as: “’Restorative Justice’ Vs. PBIS,” I suggest: “Restorative Justice for Positive Behavior Support” and have just published an individual blog on it. Kris Miner also wrote a blog 2 years ago: “School-based Restorative Justice is PBIS (positive behavioral interventions and…

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Bullied Bus Montior Deserves Restorative Justice

“Oh yes, I would like to talk to them!” says Karen Klein (fn.1) She is the 68-year-old school bus monitor from Rochester, New York who four middle school boys mercilessly ridiculed, swore at, and even poked, recently. Over 8 million people have viewed the You Tube(fn.2) of the incident tapped by a boy who said he wanted to send in to the Tosh.0 program (fn.3). A Canadian man saw the video and started an online…

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The War On Drugs Compared to a Public Health Approach

My experience in working in Hawai’i prisons since the late 1970s (before the “war on drugs” when we had less than 20 women imprisoned in our state compared with about 600 today), and visiting many prisons on all continents except Africa, is that most imprisoned people are poor people. The legal system favors people with money who can pay for good legal representation. Bryan Stevenson, who works with people serving life sentences and on death…

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New York Times Article Shows Why Restorative Justice is Needed

The February 5, 2012 New York Times article by Kovaleski et al, For Killers’ Families, Struggles With Shame, Silence and Fear shows why we need restorative justice. The article describes how family members are also harmed by their loved one’s criminal behavior. It shows the need for restorative interventions that can help many families deal with the harm they suffer. The article describes how lawyer Nader Hasen, whose cousin is the psychiatrist from Ft.…

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Restorative justice helps us face death

The draw for me to sit with people who face terrible loss, or who are facing their terrible behavior, is deep. Every time I do it I am inspired. It has touched me in extremely profound ways. Some people have commented on this work, e.g., and asked me “How can you do it?” They have also said things like, “I couldn’t sleep at night if I had your job.” Far from being disturbing, I…

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Slowing down to go fast and get better quicker

For the last 13 years I have competed in the xterra World Championship off-road triathlon. It’s held on Maui and has become an annual tradition for me. I love training with my friends who do it, and am always inspired seeing the amazing athletes that come from all over the world to compete in the race. This year Lance Armstrong did it along with some former Olympians. Every single year, except once in 2002, I…

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