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What Makes a Criminal?

Jonathan Dombro, October 13 2021

Criminal (noun): 1) One who has committed a crime. 2) A person who has been convicted of a crime. This is the definition given by Miriam Webster, and essentially the same as all other definitions of the word that I could find. But if you’re trying to understand how the word is commonly used, this definition is of little help. That’s because people...

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Restorative Justice at the University

Jonathan Dombro, September 29 2021

I hadn’t heard of restorative justice until I attended university. Now I can’t imagine going into the criminal justice field without an understanding of RJ paradigms. I can’t yet picture the implementation of restorative justice programs on a wide scale. However, the ideas behind RJ practices, and their promising results, have provided me with...

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A Healthy Transition

Tasnia Chowdhury, September 22 2021

As we gear up for a mostly in-person fall semester, it is extremely important that we look back on the past year and a half, just as much as we look forward to the future. Naturally, a lot of emotions arise when thinking of COVID-19 and this past year and a half: grieving our bygone lives and the loss of our loved ones, feelings of isolation, sadne...

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Restorative Justice at Vermont Law School

Fernaz Mohamadi, August 10 2021

In February of this year, the Vermont Law School(VLS) was given a $3 million dollar grant from the Department of Justice(DOJ) in order to support the National Center on Restorative Justice, which is based in South Royalton, VT. The Center is a cooperative effort between the University of Vermont, the University of San Diego, and the US Office of Ju...

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Advocates for Change

Jonathan Dombro, July 20 2021

In the past two elections, the desire of many voters to combat mass incarceration has given rise to the phenomenon of the progressive prosecutor. These figures, several of whom represent counties in California, have been elected on platforms of systemic criminal justice reform and promise to use their positions to reduce the damage that mass incarc...

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Appointing a Public Defender Through a Restorative Justice Lens

Alessandra Suarez, July 6 2021

This post is one of a series of blog posts written by students in the Legal Studies course on Restorative Justice at UC Berkeley in the spring of 2021. “My vision for the office amplifies the office’s core mission; it is to ensure that this office provides the highest quality of representation for the clients assigned to our care and becomes an e...

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RJ at UC Berkeley

Donate to Big Give -- March 12th!

RJ Center Berkeley, March 11 2020

Hello RJ Center friends and supporters, As RJ Student Leaders, we deeply believe in supporting the health and wellness of our fellow students on campus through community building and responding to harm. Through our work at the RJ Center, we learn crucial skills and strategies for addressing conflicts that occur through power asymmetries, miscommuni...

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RJ at UC Berkeley

Professor Nikki Jones: Change is a Group Process

RJ Center Berkeley, February 24 2019

An urban ethnography following men in the Filmore hood of San Francisco, considers the role of community and individuals on the journey for personal-collective growth.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 convers...

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RJ on College Campuses

Due process and justice on college campuses: The Rights of the Accused in the Trump Era

RJ Center Berkeley, January 17 2019

Recently, defense lawyer Justin Dillon of Kaiser Dillon PLLC, published a piece in the Chronicle of Higher Education with the title, “Thank God for Betsy DeVos.” (If this is behind a firewall for you, email us at rjcenterberkeley@gmail.com and we’ll send you a copy). Dillon’s law firm, KaiserDillon has made a name for itself in defending respondent...

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RJ on College Campuses

What to Expect from Trump Era Guidelines on SVSH

RJ Center Berkeley, January 7 2019

We’re currently in the middle of the comment period, so please take advantage of that opportunity to have a voice in these matters. The website know your ix has made it easy to write and submit a well-crafted comment. They’ve also devised a short description of the major changes in the rules. Or, you can take a deep dive into the actual policy.

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