Posts by Molly Rowan

Nancy Riestenberg

Date of Dialogue: Nov 14, 2013 Description: Another powerful resource for educators, administrators, principals, teachers, school counselors and generally all who are concerned about and/or involved with youth systems and schools. Nancy Riestenberg shares a broad spectrum of insights, talks about resources and implementation of RJP in schools. This interview telecast was a part of a mini-series co sponsored by Living Justice Press on RJ and schools. Brief Bio: Nancy Riestenberg has twenty-five years of experience in the fields of violence prevention education, child sexual abuse prevention and restorative measures in schools. She has worked with school districts in Minnesota
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Rep Pete Lee

Date of Dialogue: May 16, 2013 Description: Don’t miss this informative, explicitly specific, inspiring conversation with Colorado Representative Pete Lee. Pete speaks eloquently to the process and movement that resulted in the passage of the Restorative Justice Pilot Project (then HB 13-1254, now law) and shares his own cultivated facts and insights into why RJ makes sense, and how it worked in Colorado during the momentum building leading up to the passage into law. This interview is of particular interest to those in other states wanting to beef up on important insights and challenges towards creating an RJ bill and
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Sunny Schwartz

Date of Dialogue: April 11, 2013 Description: For anyone who is working within Corrections or Law Enforcement, or interested in how RJ can span across and connect different civic areas to derail violence and provide viable solutions to mass incarceration. This interview is a strong example of how to start and implement an RJ program specifically within LE. It illuminates the nuances, the struggle and ultimately the value and results it has shown over a relatively short time span. Brief Bio: A nationally recognized expert in criminal justice reform with 30 years of frontline experience as a lawyer, advocate and
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Carolyn Boyes-Watson

Date of Dialogue: Nov. 13, 2013 Description: Carolyn gives a sweeping and specific overview of RJP (restorative justice practices) currently being successfully implemented in schools across the country. She shares insights from the bestselling manual and practical handbook she penned with Kay Pranis, Heart of Hope: A Guide for Using Peacemaking Circles to Develop Emotional Literacy, Promote Healing and Build Healthy Relationships. This interview is highly recommended for any school administrator or staff who want to hear more about how to implement, challenges and opportunities, and more. Brief Bio: Carolyn Boyes-Watson is the founding director of Suffolk University’s Center for
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Johan Galtung

Date of Dialogue: Jan. 2013 Description: We spoke with Dr. Galtung about many of the deep rooted processes from a global perspective that inform in one way or another the “lens” and approach of restorative justice that is growing in the U.S. and beyond. We looked at Huna traditions and other powerful examples that point to the core need of going to the root of what is causing imbalance and/or harm, and the universal human need to be heard and understood that underlies at the very foundation the process of restoration, balance, and even healing. Brief Bio: Johan Galtung is
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Fania Davis

Date of Dialogue: October 2013 Description: Fania Davis and Destiny Shabazz (a youth participant at RJOY-Restorative Justice for Oakland Youth) share powerful examples of how their program is making significant progress in the Bay Area and modeling a restorative justice program for schools and beyond. Destiny’s insights as to how it works for the youth she is working with, and how it supports and helps transform even the most challenging issues is inspiring, informative, and truly insightful. Hearing from youth voices such as Destiny’s is a great way to find out more about implementation and process, typical challenges and some
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Bryan Stevenson

Date of Dialogue: 12-5-13 Description: This powerful dialogue looks at the ground level and national issues we face, as well as the incredible possibilities and actual work happening to transform our criminal justice system. Bryan speaks eloquently to the heart of things, shows us solid evidence, and takes us on a deep dive into the human spirit to boot. Brief Bio: Bryan A. Stevenson is the founder and Executive Director of the Equal Justice Initiative, a private, non-profit organization headquartered in Montgomery, Alabama, and is a professor at New York University School of Law. He has gained national acclaim for
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Michelle Alexander

Date of Dialogue: 9-5-12 Description: We covered a great deal of ground during this conversation with Michelle sharing background from her internationally acclaimed bestseller The New Jim Crow, personal insights and motivators for her in her work, and her belief that restorative justice provides a powerful solution to many of the problems we currently face. This dialogue is packed with stats, facts, and inspiring all the way through. Brief Bio: Michelle Alexander is an internationally-renowned author and lawyer. Her most recent book, The New Jim Crow, has gained global acclaim for its pinpointing of the very real yet hushed critical
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Katy Hutchinson, International RJ Advocate, Author, and Speaker

Katy Hutchison’s Biography: Katy resides in Victoria, BC. She moved back to Vancouver Island sixteen years ago, following the murder of her husband Bob McIntosh. In the course of dealing with the legal issues surrounding Bob’s death, she met and married lawyer Michael Hutchison. After Bob’s murder on New Year’s Eve 1997 Katy waited for five years while the police worked tirelessly to obtain the evidence to prosecute and convict his killers. During that period, Katy developed her perception of the societal forces and lack of understanding amongst young people that created the circumstances leading to Bob’s death. She grew
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On the Ground in Juvenile Corrections with Melinda Sonnen, CDAC

Melinda Sonnen, CADC, is with the Idaho Department of Juvenile Corrections and recently was a featured presenter at the NW Justice Forum, an annual event held in the Northwestern U.S. Her interactive session descriptions are (and will be part of what we cover in this broadcast): Offender Victim Awareness Competency Development: Workshop participants will learn about Idaho Department of Juvenile Corrections Victim Awareness Offender Competency Development Curriculum. One essential component of rehabilitation is for juveniles to understand the effects their behaviors and choices have on others, and then to care enough about those effects to alter their behavior. Without victim awareness, we find that adjusting behavior for juveniles is
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