SALINAS, Calif.- Youth crime prevention programs in Monterey County are working, according to a report being sent to state officials. The study found the number of youths re-arrested within six months of completing the programs had declined 20 to 33 percent compared to young offenders who didn't take part in the intervention programs. The study is prepared annually as a requirement of the state's Juvenile Justice Crime Prevention Act.
As well as being tough on anti social behaviour, being a Respect area will mean more activities for young people, providing positive pastimes to engage them, rather than turning to anti social behaviour through boredom. Mediation services will also be offered to families where young people are misbehaving, and in some cases Acceptable Behaviour Contacts or Parenting Contracts will be used.
From Martin Wright: You might be interested to know that Cherie Booth QC (Mrs Tony Blair) gave a Lenten talk last night, which we thought was rather good. As it was a Lent talk she based it on a Bible story (St Luke 19:5), but she didn't stress the religious aspect. She pointed out that Zacchaeus, the tax collector, was an example of white-collar crime - much talk of RJ focuses only on minor thefts and assaults.
This seminar is being organised in the context of the third EU co-funded AGIS project of the European Forum for Restorative Justice. This AGIS project deals with two interrelated topics: meeting the challenges of introducing restorative justice in Southern Europe on the one hand, and researching the possible role of the European Union in the further development of restorative justice in the whole of Europe on the other hand.
The Chicago Public Schools seeks to implement a model of discipline that is restorative, allows for restitution to “victims” and is restorative not only for “victims,” but also for “offenders,” so that both may rejoin a community of learners safely.
The group is made up of Board members, staff from the YJB [Youth Justice Board] strategy directorate, police officers, managers from youth offending teams (YOTs) and from the secure estate. They will continue to meet regularly to develop and implement project plans for extending and improving the use of restorative justice, to consult with partners and to develop a longer term strategy. A consultation period for practitioners followed the launch of the Action Plan and many useful reponses were received from YOTs and the secure estate as well as from important partners such as the Restorative Justice Consortium and NACRO.
Supervisory Assistant State’s Attorney L. Mark Hurley, 47, was placed on paid administrative leave last Wednesday while allegations that he stole victim restitution money are investigated. He has been a prosecutor since 1986. The theft allegedly occurred after criminal defendants agreed to hand over restitution money to the prosecutor’s office — which was supposed to be forwarded to victims — in exchange for a lighter sentence, sources said.
Wisconsin would be well served by a state-run, Internet database giving people instant, searchable updates on "community service" hours – the extra or alternative sentences circuit court judges hand down as a restorative, public payback for crimes... . [T]he system falls a bit short in not giving people a global glimpse of the volume, diversity of and effectiveness of community service hours throughout Wisconsin as they are applied and once they are completed.
We need a poster and corresponding brochure (8 ½ x 11) that will convey the ideas of RJ to youth and other individuals that may benefit from such a programme. The primary target market is today’s youth in conflict with the law. This poster will be displayed in offices serving these youth and will provide contact information for the program. It is of prime importance that the poster/brochure appeal to youth of many different multicultural and socio-economic backgrounds.
Retired professor John Roth, Ph.D., addressed the world’s need for restorative justice and communal healing during his lecture last Wednesday night. Roth is the founding director of the Claremont McKenna College’s Center for the Study of the Holocaust, Genocide and Human Rights.
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