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Restorative Justice

 

(n.). An approach to justice focused on the needs of the victims, offenders, and involved community.

Restorative justice is a theory of justice designed to focus on harm, with cooperative processes that include many stakeholders. Restorative justice practice can evolve alongside or in place of the traditional punitive approach to wrongdoing. Properly implemented, restorative justice can transform people, relationships, communities, and lead to excellent outcomes. With deep roots in native cultures worldwide, it has become an accepted framework in the past several decades. Much of the emergence of this area in recent decades has been focused on criminal situations, though it has expanded from its formal origins into use in schools, workplaces, and beyond.

 

This conference brought together over 200 experts, across  to learn about the details of restorative justice, offer opportunities to experience restorative justice practices, and think collectively about how restorative justice can benefit us here in Western NY. 

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The morning started with  the Native American Dancers from Native American Community Association culminating the morning with dance and educating us on the indigenous heritage of restorative practice

Our first Keynote, Nancy Riestenberg, spoke about her experiences with RJ and Implementing effective whole school cultures for success

Our second Keynote, Ret. Chief Len Weatherbee spoke about coordinating to bring Restorative Justice to the justice system.

VOICE Buffalo presented on Peace Hubs while Center for Resolution and Justice focused on RJ and Mediation

The afternoon was culminated by drummers and dancers from the African American Cultural Center, also tying into the indigenous roots of Restorative Practices.

PHOTOS OF WORKSHOPS AND THE DAY

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Restorative

JUSTICE DAY 2018

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The Native American Community Association also held a workshop, while ECRJC Youth facilitated a youth circle workshop.

SPEAKERS AND WORKSHOP LEADERS

keynote speakers

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Nancy Reistenberg

Restorative Practices Specialist

Minnesota Department of Education

 

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Ret. Chief Len Wetherbee

Program Advisor/Founder

Moultenborough, NH Police

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INDIGENOUS DANCE 

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WORKSHOPS

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Native American

Community Association

 

African American

Cultural Center

 

mediation speakers

Dina Thompson

President

ECRJC

Andrew Prinzing

Mediator

Center for Resolution and Justice

Julie Loesch

Child and Family Services Director

Center for Resolution and Justice

RJ PEACE HUBS

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VOICE Buffalo

 

YOUTH RJ WORKSHOP

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Dr. Diane Elze

Assoc. Prof./ Director

UB School of Social Work

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Brandy Loveland

Dir. of Comm. Engagement

ECRJC

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Andrew Prinzing

Principal

Enterprise Charter School

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THANKS TO

We would like to thank the following groups for their support in making this day possible:

 

AT THE UNIVERSITY AT BUFFALO

UB School of Social Work

UB Graduate Student Association

UB School of Social Work GSA

UB School of Law

UB Student Wellness Team

UB Student Board I

UB LAI GSA

UB CSEP GSA

UB Judicial Affairs

UB Government and Community Relations Office of the President

UB LIS GSA

UB Judicial Affairs

 

IN THE COMMUNITY

 

Erie County Restorative Justice Coalition

567 Hertel Avenue

Buffalo, NY 14207

ECRJC.org

 

VOICE Buffalo

2495 Main Street

Suite 547

Buffalo, NY 14214

(716)842-6571

African American Cultural Center

350 Masten Avenue

Buffalo, NY 14209

(716)884-2013

www.aaccbuffalo.org

Native American Community Association

1005 Grant Street

Buffalo, NY 14207

(716)874-4460

www.nacswny.org

 

It Takes A Village
900 Genesee St
Buffalo, NY 14211

(716)896-7682

(716) 541-7413

https://www.facebook.com/It-Takes-A-Village-Action-Organization-288447647865234/

 

Center for Resolution and Justice

Child and Family Services

Tri-Main Center
2495 Main Street, Suite 357
Buffalo, NY 14214
(716) 362-2323

http://www.cfsbny.org/programs/mediation/

Center for Restorative Justice-Suffolk University

73 Tremont Street

Boston, MA 02108

(617)305-1991

http://www.suffolk.edu/college/centers/14521.php

 

 

SPEAKERS AND FACILITATORS

Nancy Reistenberg

Ret. Chief Len Wetherbee

Dina Thompson

Pete Hill

Jesse Brodka

Saafir Northington

Samantha Sugarman

Naim Dunbar

Maura Graham

ECRJC Youth Volunteers

VOICE Buffalos Circle Facilitators

Julie Loesch

African American Cultural Center Dancers and Drummers

Andrew Prinzing

 

We would also like to thank, Kellina Lupas, Mike Pesarchick, Jesse Brodka, Saafir Northington, Kathryn Franco and all the volunteers and student organizers for the event. Thank you for making this possible.