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A #thread about #restorativejustice and the power of the #divinewithin.

1. I was asked to represent some men pro bono facing charges of malicious damage to property, breaking and entering and trespass.

They were rubbish collectors.
2. Homeless, these men collected rubbish and would recycle what they could to make a living.

Their charges arose because they would congregate on vacant land to sort their rubbish. This vacant land belonged to a little old Jewish lady, who had fenced it off. They cut the fence.
3. The city council fined her if her vacant property was not maintained. She'd inherited the property and was waiting for a developer to buy it. She didn't earn much and couldn't really afford the fines (R1000 at a time). She got gatvol and called the cops on my clients
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As a State Representative I passed a bill ending “School-based Booking Stations” in Illinois.

I know what you’re thinking: You mean police booking stations? In schools?

Yes. That’s what I mean.

A thread...
As a #restorativejustice advocate and peace circle keeper I’d go to schools to lead circles as an alternative to harsh disciplinary practices. Often I’d see a “Police Room”—often next to the library or a classroom. As if it were normal.

I’d ask students...what’s that room for?
“Well, that’s where you go if you get in trouble.”

Huh? Not the counselor. Not the social worker. Not even the Principal’s office.

“Get in trouble” and be sent to the police. The very thought is traumatic.
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Let’s talk about the proverbial elephant in the room RE #CompassionateRelease of persons incarcerated in #prisons in the midst of #COVID19. A [long] thread with thanks to @briewsf @DrNovisky @GeriPowerMD 1/21
While a partnership between @FAMMFoundation @NACDL @WashLaw4CR is tackling petitions in the @OfficialFBOP Why don’t we see governors and other leadership extending release to many of the #vulnerable housed in state #prisons? 2/21
By #vulnerable, I mean those persons who meet #CDC guidelines for greatest risk of serious illness due to #COVID19 -- persons over 65 (#olderadults), those with #chronichealth problems including severe #asthma #liverdisease or are #immunocompromised (#hepatitis) 3/21
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@uknikos @benmillard2 @Amy52713007 @DebatINQUEST @DavidLammy @RobertBuckland You have my sincere sympathy.

I agree that it is not fair.

No crime is fair.

Punishment alone cannot balance the unfairness & injustice of such a violation because they are unrelated.

You do not benefit, you do not get back your precious possessions, or closure, or apology.
@uknikos @benmillard2 @Amy52713007 @DebatINQUEST @DavidLammy @RobertBuckland I agree wholeheartedly with #restorativejustice
because then you understand the person, what drove them (probably addiction), who they are as a person, steps they are taking to change. You may also be reassured to know that you were not responsible & were not personally targeted
@uknikos @benmillard2 @Amy52713007 @DebatINQUEST @DavidLammy @RobertBuckland Crime is without question a scourge on our communities, it is however both a cause and a consequence of society's problems.

I have mentored on victim awareness courses interacting with hundreds of prisoners and seen genuine empathy and sadness for the pain caused to victims.
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Glad to see new guidance published in the last few days on using #restorativepractices online (virtual circles) to support students and colleagues through #COVID19. There is, it turns out, much we can do virtually at this time... (Thread)
I've participated in two weekly virtual circles, facilitated by @EmmaAWheatley. These have focused on helping youth workers and others in North-East Inner City Dublin discuss their challenges and finds ways to support young people in this time. #youthwork #Dublin #NEIC
This week, I'll facilitate virtual circles to check-in with our second- and third-year undergrad #criminology students @MaynoothUni @MaynoothLaw. We'll see if virtual circles can help regain some of the connection we've lost by not being on campus together.
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How do we deal with hate that gets taught and infects our society?

We had a great discussion about this last night at our #RestorativeJustice meeting.

A civil rights activist and the son of a white nationalist leader who found a way to conquer the hate he was taught.
As a candidate for the Virginia House of Delegates (District 87) I wanted to spark a conversation that looks beyond - far beyond - the next election.

Yes, we have immediate fires to put out, but my advocacy has centered on the long game.

Where will we be in 50 years? 100?
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Wow, that last #thread really took off. Let’s try another. I want to think with folks about how we can talk about #SurvivingRKelly outside the logic of the prison industrial complex.
Many of the people who responded to my last thread engaged in carceral logics saying some variation on “his ass should rot in jail” if not calls for his death. Are there other ways we can imagine justice, accountability and healing?
Prison abolitionist Mariame Kaba has said, as ppl raised w/ carceral logics it’s hard for us to imagine or desire alternatives. The #prisonindustrialcomplex has limited how we think about justice—even though other nations do things differently.
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This surprised us 👉 Training does not reduce sexual harassment. We've been conducting widespread sexual harassment training in the U.S. for 15+ years now, and it has not seemed to reduce sexual harassment. #metooSTEM
Why? 1) Because of cynicism. 2) Because employees "sniff out" compliance-based trainings. 3) Because trainings change attitude but haven't been effective in changing behavior. Conclusion: We need to overhaul our approach to SH training going forward. #metooSTEM
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