IMPLEMENTING RESTORATIVE JUSTICE
CIRCLE UP offers a window into the use of two restorative justice practices: Circles and victim-centered Victim-Offender Dialogue (VOD). Circles offer a space for healing and violence prevention in schools and in the community. VOD is a practice inside prison bringing victims and offenders into dialogue after months of preparation. Practitioners of restorative justice will find the film elicits deep engagement with the potential for different approaches to restorative justice and raises the challenge of practicing restorative justice as a “way of life” in our multi-cultural urban communities.
The film is being used in a range of school, justice system, and community settings to implement restorative justice programs.
Judges and other court workers used a screening at the Social Law Library in Boston’s Adams Courthouse to gain an understanding of how restorative justice might fit into their work.