Professor Nikki Jones: Change is a Group Process

After a six month postponement on a much anticipated event, Associate Professor of African American Studies, Nikki Jones, and Goldman School candidate Clarence Ford engaged in conversation with the eager members of the UC Berkeley community on February 13th.  Professor Jones’ newest publication The Chosen Ones: Black Men and The Politics of Redemption, an urban […]

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Anti-Violence Activists Talk About What Is Accountability

Link to video reference by blog here! In this video, anti-violence activists Kiyomi Fujikawa and Shannon Perez-Darby ask and explore: What does it look like to be accountable to survivors without exiling or disposing those who do harm? This video–the first of four–presents a bold discussion of harm, needs and accountability in social justice communities. […]

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Michelle Alexander Takes The Long View

Speaking at Boalt Law School to celebrate the 20 Year Anniversary of the Human Rights Law Clinic on Thursday, October 4, Michelle Alexander suggested we take the long view on the impending Kavanaugh confirmation. Her words were roughly: Resist the temptation to see this moment through snapchat or Instagram, and see it in the larger […]

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What is Good Facilitation for Restorative Justice?

By RJ Center Staff What is good facilitation in Restorative Justice? In New Zealand, where modern RJ is practiced in conjunction with the criminal justice system for most kinds of cases of crime and harm, a team of researchers set out to discover what RJ practitioners themselves see as best practices for facilitators. The report is […]

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I’d like to learn more about RJ–what should I read? Part 2: Restoring Racial Justice

by Nava Bearson A recent article,  Restoring Racial Justice (open as pdf) pushes for greater incorporation of race in restorative justice. Authors Fania Davis, Mikhail Lyubansky, and Mara Schiff assert that up to this point, the restorative justice movement has failed to explicitly address race. Through recognizing race and tackling race related issues, restorative justice can […]

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I’d like to learn more about RJ–what should I read? Part 1: The Little Book of RJ

Fortunately for all of us, UNICEF has created an online version of the foundational text of RJ in the US, The Little Book of Restorative Justice, by Howard Zehr, founder of the Zehr Institute for Restorative Justice, Distinguished Professor in the field and prolific writer on an array of RJ-related issues. This version was created in collaboration […]

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Breaking the Cycle of Violence: Utilizing Community-Based Accountability Strategies to Address Sexual Violence

by Annie Gorden Trigger Warning: Discussions of rape, sexual violence, and victim-blaming “For me, forgiveness and compassion are always linked: how do we hold people accountable for wrongdoing and yet at the same time remain in touch with their humanity enough to believe in their capacity to be transformed?” –bell hooks The United States criminal legal […]

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Restorative Conversations: “Calling In”

by Julie Shackford-Bradley Many campus conflicts emerge from “call-out” situations that create deep rifts among former friends, leave people feeling exhausted and alienated, and even lead to violence. Asam Ahmed has recently started an ever-expanding online conversation questioning the efficacy of the call-out, and suggesting an alternative, the “call in.” By Ahmed’s definition, call-out culture: […]

'The more power you have, 
the more people will listen respectfully to your story.  Consequently, listening to someone’s story is a way of recognizing their power, of validating their intrinsic worth as a human being.'
~ Kay Pranis

Courses with Restorative Justice Content

Courses with Restorative Justice Content by John Earl Dio Restorative Justice – Legal Studies 162AC – CCN: 51668 – 3 Units TH 3:30-6:30, 3 Evans Professor Mary Louise Frampton This course will examine the theory and practice of restorative justice, with an emphasis on the ways that criminal justice systems implicate the emotions and the […]

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Rachel Maddow takes on the myth of the “superpredator”

by Julie Shackford-Bradley In this clip, Rachel Maddow calls attention to two articles written in 1995 by John Dilulio that set the narrative frame of the “superpredator” who has no recognizable humanity, and therefore, no rights to life or freedom. In this article from the Weekly Standard of November 1995, John Dilulio (at the time […]