According to research conducted by The World Prison Brief, the United States has the highest prison population of any developed country in the world. The tendency to incarcerate, rather than rehabilitate, has taken its toll on our country’s most vulnerable youth. Due to increased public awareness around this issue, communities nationwide are exploring and implementing alternatives to incarceration — as well as actively seeking to end the school-to-prison pipeline. Restorative Justice is one of the alternatives to the standard juvenile justice approach.
Restorative Justice in the News
Seattle’s City Council recently passed Resolution 31614 as part of the city’s intention to discontinue use of juvenile correctional facilities, or what the Annie E. Casey Foundation refers to as “youth prisons.” At the heart of Seattle’s reform, advocate groups call for the implementation of restorative justice (RJ). Gaining national interest as a method of primary prevention, intervention, and as a re-entry strategy for young people, RJ emphasizes the importance of community engagement, and how being in relationship with others fosters accountability, healing, and growth.
So, What Is Restorative Justice?
Okay, so, what exactly is RJ, and how does it compare to the standard juvenile justice approach? We’d like to invite you to join us on Tuesday, October 13th at 10:00am PST / 1:00pm EST for our interactive webinar, “So What Is Restorative Justice,” presented by Jon Kidde. Mr. Kidde will lead a 90-minute interactive webinar highlighting the principles of RJ, and facilitating the completion of Achievement-Based Objectives. By the end of the webinar, you will be able to:
- Compare restorative justice to the standard criminal justice approach
- Recognize the presence and effects of restorative justice principles in your own life
- Consider how examples from a multi-tiered approach inform restorative justice
- Find and share resources to further explore restorative justice (articles, books, websites)
- Name the individual steps necessary to apply what you learned about restorative justice
About the Presenter
Jon Kidde is an independent consultant with a focus on restorative justice and juvenile justice reform, and is Project Director for the Reclaiming Futures initiative in Chittenden County, Vermont. Mr. Kidde has worked with restorative justice for over 18 years, and knows a lot about the concept. He is the former Director of Restorative Justice for Oakland Youth (RJOY), and was part of the initial implementation of the practice within Oakland Unified School District. In 2011 Mr. Kidde co-authored Restorative Justice: A Working Guide for Our Schools, with Rita Alfred.
Tuesday, October 13th at 10:00am PST / 1:00pm EST
Click here to join the webinar. Once you log-in, you will be prompted to join the teleconference. If you have trouble accessing the teleconference via the webinar, or if you do not have a direct phone line, you may dial in directly at 1-855-297-5461.
We look forward to your participation!