Proposes a model of restorative justice which addresses the needs of both crime victims and offenders.
Argues that the practice of punishment is a major obstacle to healthy societies, families, and schools and should be replaced with “restorative discipline.”
CPA works in Conneticut to provide programs for juveniles and adults that seek to provide opportunities for healing, training, and transformation to people in the criminal justice system. CPA recognizes that, "for many, change is hard because of the complex issues they face." CPA seeks to respond individually and attentively to these complex issues to support individuals in changing their lives. They provide a variety of programs to over 10,000 adults and youth in Conneticut each year.
06106 Hartford , CT
Book published by Beacon Press, January 2015. Over the centuries American society has been plagued by brutality fueled by disregard for the humanity of others: systemic violence against Native peoples, black people, and immigrants. More recent examples include the Steubenville rape case and the murders of Matthew Shepard, Jennifer Daugherty, Marcelo Lucero, and Trayvon Martin. Most Americans see such acts as driven by hate. . . . All too often Americans choose to believe that terrible cruelty is aberrant, caused primarily by “extremists” and misfits.
Decarcerate PA is a statewide coaliton of organizations focused on ending mass incarceration. They are guided by a three-point plan: 1. No new prisons in PA, 2. Reduce the number of people in prison, 3. Community reinvestment. They advocate for "changes in policing, sentencing and legislation to reduce the prison population."
Decarcerate is currently active in Philadelphia, Pittsburgh, Reading, Allentown, and Harrisburg.
To contact the Pittsburgh chapter, email decarceratePA.firstname.lastname@example.org
19107 Philadelphia, Pittsburgh , PA
Kansans United for Youth Justice is a organization advocating for juvenile justice reforms. They work to move from prison sentences and out-of-home placements for juveniles to a community-based model of justice. The group has put out a report on the "Principles of Juvenile Justice" and lobbies state leadership for reforms.
66047 Lawrence , KS
Opening Paragraph: During the 1980s, New Zealand faced a crisis familiar to other Western nations around the world. Thousands of children, especially members of minority groups, were being removed from their homes and placed in foster care or institutions. The juvenile justice system was overburdened and ineffective. New Zealand’s incarceration rate for young people was one of the highest in the world, but its crime rate also remained high. At the same time, New Zealand’s punitive approach was also in part a “welfare” model.
Our Mission and Story
The Bronx Defenders provides innovative, holistic, and client-centered criminal defense, family defense, civil legal services, social work support and advocacy to indigent people of the Bronx. Today, our staff of over 250 represents 35,000 individuals each year and reaches hundreds more through outreach programs and community legal education. In the Bronx and beyond, The Bronx Defenders promotes justice in low-income communities by keeping families together.
Describes the use of Peacemaking Circles in neighborhoods to provide support for those harmed by crime and to decide sentences for those who commit crime, in schools to create positive classroom climates and resolve behavior problems, in the workplace to deal with conflict, and in social services to develop more organic support systems for people struggling to get their lives together.