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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 mcnally.carol@yahoo.com.

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One in 100: Behind Bars in America 2008
by the Pew Center on the States

The Largest Prison Population, the Highest Incarceration Rate

The 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

 "War destroys. And we must cry out for peace.
Peace sometimes gives the idea of stillness, but it is never stillness.
It is always an active peace.
I think that everyone must be committed in the matter of peace,
to do everything that they can,
what I can do from here.
Peace is the language we must speak."
Pope Francis

 

 

 
                                            ~Pope FRANCIS