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    Restorative Practices: No Limits After attending the 2016 conference in Bethlehem and reflecting and learning over the last six weeks with other students, several things struck me. First, restorative practices can have both broad and narrow applications. Whether working with one individual or working with an entire community, restorative practices has a fit. Furthering the idea of broad applications, another thing that struck me was the creativity of practitioners to integrate restorative practices into a wide variety of teachings. From prison gardens to music classrooms to social media, restorative practices can be, “…A way of being…” (CITATION FROM MY OTHER PAPER). However, there are few thoughts that really resonated with me and will…

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    Restorative Justice and practices are being implemented around the globe and are becoming a powerful and effective alternative in responding to crime and conflict. People have been dissatisfied and are frustrated with the operation of the criminal justice system. In today’s criminal justice system, the idea of justice means imposing suffering on the offender to balance or compensate for the victim’s sufferings and losses. Although the criminal law aims to bring social order and peace, many…

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    The environment among staff in corporations can be one of content colleagues who work together to achieve mutual goals or it can be toxic where employees are only serving their own needs. Generally, collaborative environments are rewarded with successful outcomes, long-term and committed employees, and relationships that allow for the giving and receiving of feedback for personal growth. The toxic environments, however, are often highly aggressive with employees who are extremely stressed,…

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    Controversy has seen latest interventions take an alternative stance by shifting away from total abstinence and instead incorporating a holistic and strengths-based outlook involving aspects of Restorative Practice. Separating the person from their behaviour, the concept of ‘recovery’ promotes positive change by supporting and working with service users to address internal conflict, wider troubles, like homelessness and unemployment, and develop a sense of life purpose. The key message is one…

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    the zero tolerance approach that have been researched and found to be reliable alternatives. Many researchers believe that restorative practice is a more effective method of discipline in schools. Some of the strategies that are used in restorative practices are; restorative justice, community conferencing, community service, peer juries, circle process, preventative and post conflict resolution programs, peer mediation, informal restorative practice and social emotional learning (Mirsky, 2007).…

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    Restorative justice was once a dominant model of criminal justice worldwide (Braithwaite, 1999). The move away from restorative justice occurred during the Middle Ages when communities shifted from Acephallus (headless societies) to ‘States’, therefore shifting the responsibility for punishment and harm reparation from victims to the state (Gavrielides, 2011). This introduced the idea of retributive justice. Retributive justice refers to the idea that punishment is imposed on the wrong doer…

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    One of the significant limitation in evaluating the restorative justice is the fact that there are no clear guidelines in terms of defining the “success”. For examples, does low-recidivism rates among participants of CoSA really represent the success of the program? or does positive personal report from the core members of CoSA can clearly explain the success of the program? As these examples illustrate, there are many different measures that can be used to construct or define “success” of the…

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    underwent a profound change and realized that prison was not the end but a beginning to a more positive and meaningful life where they could correct mistakes from the past and let go of former grievances against people. Doing Time, Doing Vipassana is a riveting documentary that proposes an unconventional solution to the overcrowded unstable prison conditions around the world, mostly because it proposes to reinstate and reform prisoners as opposed to just punishing them. Through this…

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    years large debates in criminology have revolved around the idea of punishment. From these ideologies alternative methods to the traditional justice system and its processes have emerged including that of restorative justice (RJ). Restorative justice offers a brighter alternative, which is less complex and informal than purely judicial approaches. This essay will discuss the reasons that support RJ processes as better suited within the justice system. The essay will discuss peacemaking, family…

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    Restorative Justice

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    Restorative justice practices in the school learning environment involve the processes of involving the people who are having a stake in a specific offense to collectively identify and address the needs, harms, as well as organizations for healing and putting things as right as possible. The restorative justice practices promote healing, connection, accountability, and learning. Additionally, restorative justice is a voluntary and relational approach to accountability and conflict. The practices…

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