MOSES APRIL NEWSLETTER Memorial High School Launches a Peace Room in the Fall This fall Memorial High School will be rolling out its new restorative justice program. Based on programs taken directly from Chicago school districts, Memorial is creating a Peace Room. The room will be housed with trained staff that will facilitate peace circles and other restorative practices to settle disputes within the school. The Peace Room will accept trained community volunteers to participate in the circles and provide support for the Memorial students and faculty. For those unfamiliar with restorative justice it is an approach to justice that focuses on the needs of the victims and the offenders, as well as the involved community. This contrasts to more punitive approaches where the main aim is to punish the offender, or satisfy abstract legal principles. Within the school system, this punishment comes in the form of suspensions from school. Victims also take an active role in the process. Meanwhile, offenders are encouraged to take responsibility for their actions, "to repair the harm they've done – by apologizing, returning stolen money, or community service, backing down from a fighting stance". The approach is based on a theory of justice that considers wrongdoing to be an offence against an individual or community, rather than the State. Restorative justice that fosters dialogue between victim and offender and has shown the highest rates of victim satisfaction and offender accountability.
FEATURED EVENT! Restorative Justice: Accountability and Community Engaging the Community in a Non-punitive Approach to Crime May 17, 2016 6:30 – 8:30 p.m. Urban League of Greater Madison 2222 S. Park Street, Madison
Come join the Religious Leaders Caucus restorative justice panel discussion on restorative justice practices in Dane County! Panel members: Jonathan Scharrer , Director, Restorative Justice Project, Frank J. Remington Center, UWMadison Law School—The philosophy and practice of Restorative Justice in Wisconsin. Ron Johnson , Coordinator, Dane County Community Restorative Court—A Restorative Justice alternative for 17 to 25yearolds with a misdemeanor violation*. Ishmael Ozanne , Dane County District Attorney—Local Law enforcement support for the Dane County Community Restorative Court. Shelia Stubbs , Dane County Board of Supervisors, District 23Dane County Board support for Restorative Justice courts. Joan Duerst OP , Moderator; Chair of MOSES Religious Leaders Caucus. *Other Restorative Justice/Practices Programs in Dane County include: Prison Ministry Project, Metropolitan Madison School District, YWCA, Madison Urban Ministry Sponsored by MOSES (Madison Organizing in Strength, Equality and Solidarity) st Cosponsors: Prison Ministry Project, 1 Congregational United Church of Christ, Madison Area Urban Ministry, YWCA, Wisconsin Council of Church, Nehemiah, NAACP Dane County Branch
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