Who are the people behind the RJ City Project?
RJ City is the brainchild of folks at the Centre for Justice and Reconciliation at Prison Fellowship International. But work on the Project has involved many people from different institutions, agencies and schools around the world.
The Centre’s executive director, Dan Van Ness, is project manager of RJ City and Prison Fellowship International is providing administration for the project.
Most of the working papers used in Phase One were written by Dan Van Ness and three interns who served at the Centre: Catherine Crocker Brown, Beth Baule, and Kira Golden. As the first phase of the project came to completion, a fifth person, Susan Sharpe, did a wonderful job of editing, writing and thinking critically under a contract with the Centre. Barbara Raye and Ann Warner Roberts prepared a paper on the use of force that launched discussion by the Board on this important topic. Phase One could not have been completed without the skillful and patient work of those people.
In addition, an Advisory Board made up of people from around the world played an important role in shaping conclusions about RJ City. This board helped raise and reflect on key issues, reviewed multiple drafts of working papers, and met in person, by telephone and (one time) by satellite hook-up to help struggle with hard questions.
Some of these people were substantially involved
through all or most of Phase One. Others were only able to assist in a
more limited way because of responsibilities elsewhere or because of
distance. Here is a list of all the Advisory Board members who helped
during the first phase: Jane Ashton-Miller, Gordon Bazemore, James
Dignan, Pat Nolan, Paul McCold, Christina McCullough, Lynette Parker,
Christa Pelikan, Barbara Raye, Fraser Simmons, Ann Skelton, Ron
Claassen, Ann Warner Roberts, Kay Pranis, and Lode Walgrave. All of
these people were extraordinarily generous with their ideas, comments,
suggestions, praise and criticisms.
Finally, a total of 56 people participated in one-day workshops on RJ City designed to elicit comments from a broader group of academics, practitioners, policymakers and community members. These workshops were conducted in England (London and Hull), the US (Charlottesville), and New Zealand (Auckland and Wellington). Their observations and suggestions were extremely useful and resulted in a number of changes to the model.
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