Restorative Justice at Home

How can we use family Talking Circles to deepen our closest relationships with honest and open communication? What would it mean to intentionally create our own family values? What is a restorative conversation, and how can we use them to practice naming as well as repairing harm with everyone in our household? What is the […]

Making Amends

MAKING AMENDS FEATURES SIX MEN INCARCERATED AT THE OREGON STATE PENITENTIARY. THEY SHARE STORIES ABOUT THEIR STRUGGLE TO ATONE FOR THE ACTIONS THAT BROUGHT THEM TO PRISON.  For several weeks in the early part of 2020, Professor Steve Herbert taught a class inside the Oregon State Penitentiary. The course explored what it means to do harm […]

The Transformative Power of Restorative Justice

The criminal justice system asks three questions: What law was broken? Who broke it? And what should the punishment be? Upon that edifice — and channeled through old bigotries and fears — we have built the largest system of human incarceration on earth. America accounts for 5 percent of the world’s population and 25 percent […]

City Visions: MacArthur ‘Genius’ sujatha baliga on the promise of restorative justice

Click original source above to listen. Host Ethan Elkind sits down with sujatha baliga, director of the Restorative Justice Project at Oakland-based Impact Justice. sujatha is one of recipients of the 2019 MacArthur “genius” grants and joins us to discuss her work expanding access to survivor-centered restorative justice strategies. How may this alternative to our punitive criminal justice system impact mass incarceration, recidivism and violence […]

Episode 36: Tell Christy I Love Her

Click original source above to listen. Tom was a cop; Jason was a teenager in a gang. One night in 1997, they had a violent encounter that Tom describes as “inevitable.” In our season finale, Tom and Jason relate the story of that night, and the series of events that unfolded in the years afterward. […]

Mother’s Circle

Sister Donna Liette explains the significance of the Mother’s Circle, a space provided by Precious Blood Ministry of Reconciliation bringing together mothers who have lost children to gun violence and mothers whose sons have been incarcerated for that same crime. The circles are based on the healing power of the restorative justice model and of […]

A survivor and her perpetrator find justice

‘I wanted him to be standing with me, and telling our story with me, in a way that didn’t just write us into the categories of angelic survivor and evil assaulter. And I think I even told the audience — if this person comes forward to tell his story, I hope that you’ll listen to […]

The Power of Circles

Healing begets healing: restorative justice practices offer a pathway for individual healing for both the person who has been harmed and the person who perpetrated the harm. Rather than defaulting to punitive measures that are more often than not ineffective in preventing further harm – and that disproportionately negatively impact people of color – restorative […]