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FORUMS ON RESTORATIVE JUSTICE AND PRACTICES
JUNE 4, 10 am - 1:30 pm Babylon
Public Library 24 South Carll Avenue , Babylon, NY
631.669.1624 JUNE 9, 1 pm
- 4:30 pm Riverhead Free Library 330 Court Street, Riverhead, NY 631.727.3228Restorative
Justice is a way of addressing conflict or crime that focuses on repairing harm for all parties involved. The
goal is not to penalize, but to restore. Those who were on the receiving end of an act (victims) are lifted to
a central space in which they are empowered to have a key role in the justice process.
Those who authored an act can be seen as human beings through this process.With restorative justice, crime can be an opportunity to
make our communities stronger, by acknowledging the needs of everyone directly involved in the process. The community can
support victims, (and the authors), reinforce the standards of behavior, and create space for dialog and healing.
We can use this powerful and diverse process for responding to serious issues such as bias/ hate crimes
and gang violence, to the interpersonal disconnections that affect our daily lives. This process utilizes
active listening and reflection through guided dialog to reconnect those separated by conflict and supports them in reaching
agreed upon action. Restorative circles can be successfully applied in different social contexts such as neighborhood and
church groups, schools, families, and businesses.
The video “Burning Bridges” (actual conference footage)
will be shown, and trainers, Mark Seidler, Gregg Wills, and Carol McNally, will lead a discussion in how we can
begin to explore the application of this new resource in our communities. Please RSVP to email@example.com.
One in 100: Behind
Bars in America 2008
by the Pew Center on the
The Largest Prison Population, the Highest Incarceration Rate
United States incarcerates more people than any country in the world, including the far more populous nation of China. At the start of the new year, the American penal system held more than 2.3 million adults. China
was second, with 1.5 million people behind bars, and Russia was a distant third with 890,000 inmates, according to the latest available figures. Beyond the sheer number
of inmates, America also is the global leader in the rate at which it incarcerates its citizenry, outpacing nations like South Africa and Iran. In Germany, 93 people are in prison for every 100,000 adults and children. In the U.S, the rate
is roughly eight times that, or 750 per 100,000.
To produce a fresh portrait of incarceration
levels at the start of 2008, Pew conducted a survey of inmate counts from the states and the federal government. Our
finding: the U.S. prison population rose by more than 25,000 inmates in 2007 -- a 1.6 percent rate of growth that brought
the national prison census to 1,596,127. Although the 2007 expansion didn't match the 3.1 percent hike during 2006,
the growth tracks projections and continues a pattern of steady expansion that has characterized the U.S. penal system for
more than 30 years