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Community Conferencing as a Special Case of Conflict Transformation

McDonald and Moore seek to broaden the theory of transformative justice and conflict transformation. Specifically, they deal with community conferencing as the major reactive intervention based on a theory of conflict transformation in many settings: criminal justice, the workplace, education, and more. After summarizing the early theory on conferencing, with emphasis on the importance of the expression of shame in the process, the authors reexamine the notions of shame and guilt, particularly in relation to the sequence of a conference. (continue)

CRS Programs For Managing School Multicultural Conflict

A multicultural learning environment has become the norm in many school districts and communities throughout the United States. The diversity found in these settings offers many opportunities for people to learn more about one another. Yet too often schools are ill prepared to adjust to this diversity positively. To address this reality, the Community Relations Service of the U.S. Department of Justice has developed several racial/ethnic conflict prevention and management programs for schools or school districts. (continue)

Making the Peace: A 15-Session Violence Prevention Program for Young People

This book is written to help young people break away from violence, develop self-esteem, and regain a sense of community. It provides exercises, role-plays, in-class handouts, homework sheets, and discussion guidelines to explore issues such as dating violence, gangs, interracial tensions, suicide, sexual harassment, and the social roots of violence. The 15-session program has three parts: The Roots of Violence; Race, Class, and Gender; and Making the Peace Now. (continue)

Preventing Terrorism and Promoting Civil Liberties – A Citizen ChoiceWork Guide

Local law enforcement plays a critical role in the fight against terrorism. Officers identify and guard likely targets, generate intelligence through informants, undercover work and technology, and coordinate with federal authorities. And, should prevention fail, they are among the first responders who try to minimize the damage. How can law enforcement officers be most effective in fighting terrorism? What role, if any, should the community play in these efforts? How should we deal with tradeoffs we might face with respect to our privacy and civil liberties? How can infringement on civil liberties be avoided, or at least minimized, while we work to maintain our security? (continue)

Restorative Justice and Civil Society

Advocates of restorative justice question the state's ability to deliver satisfactory justice. This provocative volume looks at the flourishing restorative justice movement and considers the relationship between restorative justice and civil society. Genuinely international, it addresses aspects of civil society including schools, families, churches and private workplaces and considers broader issues such as democracy, human rights, access and equity. It presents the ideals of restorative justice so that victims, offenders, their families and communities might have more representation in the justice process. (continue)

Restorative Practices eForum

The Restorative Practices eForum is a free electronic information service provided by the International Institute for Restorative Practices (IIRP), an educational nonprofit organization. Subscribers receive occasional emails containing brief summaries of significant articles, research reports or information about upcoming restorative practices events--with internet links if you want more detail. (continue)

School Disruptions: Tips for Educators and Police

CRS assists communities with crisis management and violence reduction. (continue)

Student Problem Identification and Resolution of Issues Together (SPIRIT)

For more than 35 years, the Community Relations Service of the U.S. Department of Justice has worked with schools across the nation. Many school systems have experienced major demographic changes. At times, tensions and disruptions will accompany the process of inclusion and assimilation. The Community Relations Service of the U.S. Department of Justice (CRS) has helped schools to build strategies to improve lines of communication, establish programs to eliminate racial and ethnic misconceptions, and develop plans to prevent conflict and improve intergroup relations among students, faculty, staff, parents and community groups. SPIRIT is one such CRS program. (continue)

Twenty Plus Things Law Enforcement Agencies Can Do to Respond to or Prevent Hate Incidents Against Arab-Americans, Muslims, and Sikhs

The Community Relations Service (CRS) is a component of the U.S. Department of Justice. CRS is a specialized Federal conciliation service available to State and local officials to help resolve and prevent racial and ethnic conflict, violence, and civil disorder. CRS's services include conciliation, mediation, technical assistance, and training. This resource guides law enforcement officials through such things as conducting community assessments, reviewing patrol practices, and conducting community outreach. (continue)

Justice As Healing: Indigenous Ways

Restorative justice traces its roots to Indigenous traditions worldwide. This collection of articles from a newsletter published by the Native Law Centre at the University of Saskatchewan presents mostly Indigenous authors sharing their understanding and experiences with community peacemaking. This powerful 450-page book calls us to reconsider some of our deepest assumptions about justice. (continue)