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Restorative Justice Training: Healing, not punishing

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Restorative Justice: Principles, Theories, and Applications

May 23 – 31, 2019

taught by Judah Oudshoorn and Michelle Jackett

Our current system of justice punishes offenders while offering little or no help to victims or the community where a crime or act of violence was committed.  Restorative justice focuses on healing, accountability, and community, not blame, punishment, and isolation. Identify the harms, needs, roles, and responsibilities of offenders, victims, communities, and the justice system after acts of crime or violence.

Participants in this course will examine the values, principles, and practices of restorative justice and have a unique opportunity to explore both the promise and the challenge of the restorative justice field in various contexts and from diverse perspectives. You will examine this philosophy of justice that addresses the needs of multiple stakeholders, draws from faith-based and Indigenous approaches, and challenges interpersonal and structural forms of harm. Our primary starting point is the Western criminal legal system and the problems posed by its dominant responses to crime and violence. However, there will be opportunities for participants to analyze the concepts of restorative justice as applied to their own contexts.

Participants will also explore intersections and applications of restorative justice with other practice fields and movements including racial justice, trauma healing, and healing historical harms.

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