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Moderate People, Not Content: A Restorative Approach to Combating Toxicity Online

Pragya K, February 18 2022

It’s no secret that social media is playing an increasingly pervasive role in our daily lives. People from all over the globe who share common identities, experiences, or interests can create communities and connect with each other with the click of a button. In tandem, we’re seeing a steady rise in online toxicity. According to the Pew Research Ce...

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Moving Towards(Restorative) Justice for America's Immigrants

Jonathan Dombro, February 9 2022

United States Immigration Policy is a failure by every metric. It fails to give adequate protection to citizens in need. It fails to facilitate paths to citizenship or permanent legal status for individuals who contribute massively to the economic and social life of our nation. It fails to uphold the principles of the United States Constitution or...

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Restorative Justice for Sexual Harm

Alexis Gutierrez, February 3 2022

“Less than 1% of rapes lead to felony convictions.” Each year, approximately 463, 634 individuals ages 12 and up experience sexual harm and less than 1% of these cases lead to felony convictions. For every thousand cases, it is estimated that only 384 are reported to law enforcement, 57 lead to an individual being arrested, and only 6 of those indi...

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Truth and Falsehood in Criminal Justice

Jonathan Dombro, January 19 2022

The proportion of inmates who are wrongfully convicted is difficult to ascertain but even at our lowest estimates is unacceptably high. Some figures put the false conviction rate somewhere between 2 and 10 percent, with others putting it between 3 and 6 percent. Looking into the nature of these injustices reveals the structural incentives that exis...

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Desmond Tutu - a Legacy of Unyielding Compassion

Jonathan Dombro, January 6 2022

Last Sunday, the world lost a major proponent of justice in South African religious leader and activist Desmond Tutu. A lifelong advocate for justice and compassion, Tutu fought powerfully for a restorative vision throughout the South African struggle to end the racist Apartheid system. His work was central to the development of South Africa's Trut...

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The Importance of Language

Alexis Gutierrez, December 30 2021

The criminal justice system has long since disproportionately affected BIPOC communities and all individuals who are not cisgender, straight, white, male, or disabled. The oppression and harm of the aforementioned communities continues in their criminalization and potential entry into the criminal justice system. This oppression and harm only conti...

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Sharing Restorative Knowledge Across the Country

Jonathan Dombro, December 23 2021

In Philadelphia, schools city-wide have been adopting and expanding restorative justice programs over the past several years. One key figure in this movement is Josh Staub, who oversees restorative programming at the district level. Before returning to Pennsylvania where he grew up, Staub spent several years working in Oakland and learning from res...

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Spring 2022 Classes on Restorative Justice

RJ Center Berkeley, December 14 2021

With a new semester on the horizon, we encourage you all to make use of Berkeley’s course offerings and integrate restorative justice into your course schedule. We have assembled a list of courses centered on restorative justice and institutional racism below: [LEGALST 190-007] Truth, Justice, and Reconciliation: Responses to State Violence

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Restorative Justice and Call-Out Culture

Alexis Gutierrez, December 2 2021

Cancel culture. What is it? Does it work? Does it do more harm than good? With the answers to these questions still very much open to interpretation, understanding the implications of this phenomenon is  difficult. But for those of us interested in societal ideas about justice, I think it’s pretty important to try. Cancel culture is very unique as...

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Restorative justice or justice denied? With D.A. Gascon, teens tried as adults get a second chance

Alexis Gutierrez, November 24 2021

The criminal justice system has been in dire need of reform since its conception; this reform has come slowly but surely, particularly with the passage of one bill in 2016 focused on ensuring that youth offenders are not transferred to adult court. This bill, Proposition 57, “barred prosecutors from trying juveniles as adults without a judge’s ap...

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