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DEI Round Table Discussion - Restorative Justice

What is Restorative Justice (RJ)?

The October DEI Round Table Discussion on October 4th from 7:00 PM - 8:30 PM focus is Restorative Justice. This phrase is often used but do we know what it means? Pat Butler is our program lead. She and our planning team share the resources below for you to review before our meeting.

Restorative Justice (RJ) is a set of principles, a philosophy, focused on mending broken relationships to create a better future. It is a fundamental shift in the way that we think about and do justice, in the way that we do community. What happens when we stop thinking about justice as “an eye for an eye”? What happens when we think about harm in ways that don’t involve retaliation or vengeance, but healing and transformation?  (Restorative Justice Oakland Youth)

Restorative Justice is a philosophy and a social movement which provides an entirely different way of thinking about crime and victimization. Our current retributive justice system focuses on punishment, regarding the state as the primary victim of criminal acts and casting victims and prisoners in passive roles. Restorative Justice, by contrast, focuses on healing and rehabilitation. (Insight Prison Project was founded in 1997 with one class for 14 male prisoners at San Quentin State Prison)

Discussion Preparation Materials

In education settings:

What the Heck is Restorative Justice?  (article)
With the right training and support, restorative justice can prove more effective than traditional discipline measures in building a stronger school community.

Colorado high school replaces punishment with 'talking circles' (video)
At Hinkley High School in Aurora, Colo., students, parents and administration are meeting face-to-face to resolve student conflict with conversation. The number of physical altercations has taken a nosedive as this new type of disciplinary action, called "restorative justice," replaces suspension. Hari Sreenivasan has the story.

In the Criminal Justice System
What is Restorative Justice? ( Article)
From the Prison Insight Project, San Quentin, CA.

A Restorative Justice Meeting (Video)
The video shows a shortened account of a Restorative Justice Meeting. The video explains what a RJ meeting is, the process that goes on before a meeting is staged, and the different roles and techniques at play during the meeting.

Monday, October 4, 2021, 7:00 PM until 8:30 PM
LWV-Wake DEI Roundtable Discussions are virtual.

Additional Info:
Event Contact(s):
Pat Butler
Program Contact
Ouida Watson
Registration Contact
919 607-0468 (c)
Not Quick Event
Registration is required
Payment In Full In Advance Only
If you are an LWV member outside of Wake County, when you register for the first LWV-Wake DEI event you will be asked to enter your name, Chapter and Title (Member ), and email. Your information will be added to the LWV-Wake database and when you participate in another event, you will be able to sign in using the information entered.
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