Monthly Archives: October 2014

Downloads: McMorris Final Summary

Downloads: McMorris Final Summary

Downloads: Department Of Justice, School-To-Prison-Pipeline

Downloads: Department Of Justice, School-To-Prison-Pipeline

Downloads: Univ. of Minn. Applying Restorative Practices

Downloads: Univ. of Minn. Applying Restorative Practices

Downloads: The Power of The Circle

Downloads: The Power of The Circle

Downloads: Beyond Vengence

Downloads: Beyond Vengence

BEYOND VENGEANCE TO UNITIVE JUSTICE:

A MODEL FOR SYSTEMIC CHANGE

by Sylvia Clute

Beginning in the 1970s, improving the quality of justice services has been the mission of a growing number of people associated with the court system, corrections and schools. Merely punishing people to secure compliance or deter breaking the law, as the criminal courts and punitive discipline do, has been shown to be ineffective,[i] and the collateral damage can be significant. Civil litigation is criticized as expensive, time-consuming and often unpredictable. Various models have been devised to improve the delivery of justice.

[i] The Bureau of Justice Statistics reports:

  • 5% of U.S. prisoners released in 1994 were rearrested within 3 years, an increase over the 62.5% found for those released in 1983
  • The rearrest rate for property offenders, drug offenders, and public-order offenders increased significantly from 1983 to 1994:

– from 68.1% to 73.8% for property offenders

– from 50.4% to 66.7% for drug offenders

– from 54.6% to 62.2% for public-order offenders

  • The rearrest rate for violent offenders was 59.6% in 1983, and 61.7% in 1994.

at http://www.bjs.gov/content/reentry/reentry.cfm, last visited Sept. 27, 2013.