As a circle of public school students shares their stories, troubled youth gain self-insight and self-confidence, shed negative shame, receive and give caring, and find a sense of belonging--a healthy alternative to being suspended for behavior problems. Such circles are an art.
In a community conference I facilitated recently, my co-facilitator shared her emotional story of being a victim of employee theft and of reaching a point of truly forgiving the offender--an act that finally broke through "our" offender's defenses. Such restorative justice practices are not only a way to heal victims and restore offenders to responsible lives. They are a way to build real face-to-face community in our technologically preoccupied society.
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|Article Type:||Letter to the editor|
|Date:||Feb 1, 2007|
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