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Bringing a Franciscan-friendly form of justice to the region
A group of community members sits together in a circle. Rotating around the room, each individual takes a turn speaking, sharing their concerns and thoughts about a recent injustice. Both victim and perpetrator sit within the circle as well. The group addresses the situation, working together to come up with a solution that involves healing, rebuilding, and repentance. This is Restorative Justice (RJ), and it’s gaining a great deal of momentum throughout the world.
RJ is an age-old approach to justice that focuses on the needs of the victims and offenders, as well as the involved community, rather than that of legal principles or punishment. “This is the opposite approach that we use in our formal justice system today, which views a crime as being against the state,” expresses Dale Lanigan, EdD, Chair of Sociology & Criminal Justice at Lourdes. “Often what ends up happening is that the victim and community are left out of the justice process, and therefore they never truly heal.”
This June, Lourdes University and The University of Toledo (UT) will host the 4th National Conference on Restorative Justice, featuring the following international speakers and experts in the field of Restorative Justice:
Angela Davis, Ph.D.
Distinguished Professor Emerita of History of Consciousness, University of California, Santa Cruz
Founding member of Critical Resistance, a national organization dedicated to dismantling the industrial prison complex
Affiliate of Sisters Inside, an abolitionist organization based in Australia that works in solidarity with women in prison
Online video: George Tonight: Angela Davis on abolishing prisons
One of the “25 Visionaries who are Changing the World,” by Utne Reader
International speaker (in all 50 states, Canada and Bermuda, and on more than 800 campuses), and author of 6 books on race issues
Recipient of 2001 British Diversity Award for best feature essay on race issues
Regular contributor on CNN and ABC’s 20/20
Online video: Tim Wise on Social and Racial Justice
Marilyn Armour, Ph.D.
Associate Professor and University Distinguished Teaching Professor in the School of Social Work, and Director of Restorative Justice & Restorative Dialogue at the University of Texas at Austin
Instrumental in Defense-Initiated Victim Outreach (DIVO) in Texas capital cases, and has provided DIVO training to Texas litigators
Colorado State Representative, District 18
Chair of the Pikes Peak Restorative Justice Council
John Gallagher Restorative Justice Volunteer of the Year award recipient
Founder of Red Cross Blue Shield Gang Prevention Inc.
Online video: Representative Lee shares stories of Restorative Justice
Julius Bailey, Ph.D.
Professor in the Department of Philosophy at Wittenberg University
Founder of Project Eight
Katherine van Wormer, Ph.D.
Professor of Social Work at the University of Northern Iowa
Theo Gavrielides, Ph.D.
Faculty at Buckinghamshire New University in the UK
Founder and Director of Independent Academic Research Studies (IARS)
Advisory Board Member of the Institute for Diversity Research, Inclusivity, Communities and Society (IDRICS)
Robert Yazzie, J.D.
Member of the Navajo Nation Bar Association
Visiting Professor at the University of New Mexico School of Law
Adjunct Professor of the Department of Criminal Justice at Northern Arizona University
Professor in Sociology at Laney & Berkeley City College
Professor in Women’s Studies at California State University, East Bay
Black Panther Party’s longest running female leader
Online Video: Ericka Huggins on her husband’s assassination, and finding spiritual peace in prison
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