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Youth and Violence: Reducing the Threat (NIF Issue Guide)

One of the National Issues Forums Institute’s issue guides, Youth and Violence: Reducing the Threat outlines this public issue and several choices or approaches to addressing the issue. National Issues Forums do not advocate a specific solution or point of view, but provide citizens the opportunity to consider a broad range of choices, weigh the pros and cons of those options, and meet with each other in a public dialogue to identify the concerns they hold in common.  From the issue guide… Violence has become […] (continue)

Community Dialogue Guide: Conducting a Discussion on Race

The Community Relations Service assists communities with crisis management and violence reduction. Their user-friendly Community Dialogue Guide includes sections on the characteristics of community dialogues on race, steps in organizing a dialogue, the role of the dialogue leader, a sample small group dialogue, and more. (continue)

Indigenous Community Participation in the Sentencing of Criminal Offenders: Circle Sentencing

Since the release of a discussion paper regarding circle sentencing by the NSW Aboriginal Justice Advisory Committee (AJAC), serious consideration is to be given to this practice, successfully started in Canada in 1992. "The objective of circle sentencing is to allow direct community involvement in the sentencing process, with a view to arriving at an appropriate sentence which reflects, where achieved, the consensus view of the circle." (continue)

Community Relations Service

CRS, an arm of the U.S. Department of Justice, is a specialized Federal conciliation service available to State and local officials to help resolve and prevent racial and ethnic conflict, violence, and civil disorders. CRS helps local officials and residents tailor locally defined resolutions when conflict and violence threaten community stability and well-being. (continue)

Silencing the Guns in Haiti: The Promise of Deliberative Democracy

This persuasive and interesting book is not purely a scholarly endeavor. In addition to his visible academic expertise, Irwin Stotzky is an ardent advocate for democracy and human rights. He has actively collaborated with the Haitian people in the United States by providing legal advice to refugees and immigrants. During the exile period and later, when democracy was restored, Stotzky became a close adviser to Haitian presidents Jean-Bertrand Aristide and Rene Preval. Silencing the Guns in Haiti traces Haiti's halting and uncertain quest for democracy from the perspective of someone who played a leading part in every stage of that process. (continue)

Day of Dialogue: A community conversation about alcohol

This dialogue guide introduces a model for discussing issues related to alcohol and alcohol-free housing. (continue)

The Little Books of Justice and Peacemaking

This great series of short books from Good Books are perfect for those who want to gain a basic understanding of conflict resolution processes. The Little Book of "Cool Tools for Hot Topics," The Little Book of Dialogue for Difficult Subjects, The Little Book of Circle Processes, and The Little Book of Restorative Justice are some of the books in the series that are perfect for newer D&D practitioners - or not-so-newbies looking to expand their skill set. (continue)

Peacemaking Circles: From Crime to Community

This book provides an overview of how peacemaking circles can be used with the justice system as a form of restorative justice. Includes numerous stories and guidelines to support the work that many pioneering community members and criminal justice professionals are doing around the world to explore a more healing, constructive response to crime. Now in its third printing, this popular and highly readable book describes the Circle process in depth not only as a practice but also as a philosophy of how to be together "in a good way." It shows how Circles help us use conflicts as opportunities to address the roots of harm and to build good relationships in families, schools, businesses, and communities. (continue)

Americans’ Role in the World: Building a More Secure Future (NIF Issue Guide)

As the only superpower left standing after the Cold War, America exercises global dominance. Yet, the September 11 attack showed us that we are not immune to the world's problems. Powerful and prosperous, yet not universally liked, Americans are no longer certain about their security in the twenty-first century. This issue book presents four perspectives on the questions of what kind of world we want our children and grandchildren to live in and what we will have to do to achieve it. (continue)

Police Use of Excessive Force: A Conciliation Handbook for the Police and the Community

This 38-page handbook was developed by the Community Relations Service, which assists communities with crisis management and violence reduction. (continue)