Institutionalizing Restorative Justice conference
Halifax is hosting the 14th World Conference of the International Institute for Restorative Practices in collaboration with Nova Scotia Restorative Justice Community University Research Alliance (NSRJ-CURA) at the Westin Nova Scotia beginning June 15. The director of NSRJ-CURA, Jennifer Llewellyn, associate professor of law at Dalhousie University, will join several other attendees from all over the world for three days of workshops, panel discussions and a keynote address by world-renowned criminologist John Braithwaite. Premier Darrell Dexter will give the opening remarks at 8:45 a.m. on June 15.
The NSRJ-CURA is a partnership of community and university researchers and organizations focused on research related to the institutionalization of restorative justice.
NSRJ is one of the most comprehensive restorative justice programs in the world. This interdisciplinary conference will showcase the NSRJ-CURA work and research to scholars, social workers, policy makers, corrections officers, community volunteers, criminologists, etc.
A restorative approach focuses on restoring relationships and potentially transforming those relationships to ones of greater mutual respect and equality. The approach is currently being used in conjunction with the criminal justice system and in some schools.
“Restorative justice is the most accountable process for offenders, the most satisfactory process for victims and the most successful process for the community based on recidivism rates and client satisfaction.” –Verne White, chief of Ottawa Police Service.
“This conference is a great opportunity for the public to engage and gain a better understanding of restorative justice.” –Verne White, chief of Ottawa Police Service.
“Restorative justice is more than just getting to ‘yes’ and it’s more than just mediation. It’s a way of resolving criminal harm that includes the offender, the victim and the community.” –Bruce Archibald, professor of law at Dalhousie University.
“Restorative justice in Nova Scotia is notable because it’s both a diversion of the criminal process and an inclusion of the criminal process.” –Bruce Archibald, professor of law at Dalhousie University.
"Restorative justice takes a relational approach that's both proactive and reactive. It's a way of approaching justice differently." -Jennifer Llewellyn, associate professor of law at Dalhousie University and director, Nova Scotia Restorative Justice Community Research Alliance.
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