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New Doc Explores Benefits of Restorative Justice Practice

In Circle Up, Boston-based filmmaker Julie Mallozzi explores the power of peacemaking circles in restorative justice.  Peacemaking circles are a traditional form of justice-based restorative practice...

Marie-Emmanuelle Hartness / The Independent


A thought-provoking GlobeDocs Film Festival lineup invites engagement

Seemingly insoluble problems and unlikely solutions dominate the feature-length entries in the latest GlobeDocs Film Festival that begins on Wednesday. That's no accident...

Boston Globe / Peter Keough


Documentary Features Mother Who Reconciled with Son's Murderer

Janet Connor's story starts with a knock at the door. She is told that her 19-year-old son, Joel James Turner, has been killed - stabbed to death. What to do what that kind of pain is the subject of a film, "Circle Up".

All Things Considered, WGBH / Barbara Howard


Dorchester Mother's Grief Becomes Mission to Help Prevent Violence

Janet Connors has made it her life's work to hold peacekeeping circles as a way to heal herself and her community...

WBUR / Radio Boston


Julie Mallozzi on Circle Up and Seeing as a Maker

We asked Julie about the film's origins, what engages her as an artist and teacher, and what's next in her intriguing career as a nonfiction media storyteller...

Mass Cultural Council / ArtSake 

Chronicle: Bringing Criminals and Victims Together to Make Stolen Lives Matter

 5 Investigates Mike Beaudet joins Chronicle with a report on the concept of restorative justice; inside MCI Norfolk, where criminals conference with crime victims... 

WCVB / Mike Beaudet


By Talking, Inmates and Victims Make Things 'More Right'

NORFOLK, Mass. - For many of his 15 years behind the soaring prison walls here, Muhammad Sahin managed to suppress thinking of his victims' anguish - even that of the one who haunted him most, a toddler who peeked out from beneath her blankets the night he shot and killed her mother in a gang-ordered hit...

The New York Times / Dina Kraft


Restorative Justice Bill Introduced in Massachusetts

The first victim-offender dialogue in Massachusetts occured in 2006, when Janet Connors met with two of the men who murdered her son Joel. Until this point, the State had not allowed victims of crime to meet with those who caused them harm. For Ms. Connors, that day marked the beginning of a transformative and restorative journey... 

Centre for Justice & Reconciliation / Pierre R. Berastain


Restorative Justice Behind Prison Walls

On June 22 and 23, I made a promise to individuals typically considered convicted murderers, thieves, and drug dealers, most of whom are serving at least one life sentence for their crimes. I have sat on my thoughts and words for a few hours now because, in all sincerity, whatever I see on my screen seems lifeless, devoid of everything I experienced in the company of these men. Yet, I made a promise to tell the story of those two days... 

Huffington Post / Pierre R. Berastain


Storytelling as a Path to Justice

As a documentary filmmaker, naturally I am interested in telling a good story. My film subjects are often people who somehow repurpose culture or history to address problems they face. So my curiosity was piqued when I learned that several very different communities were using a Native American tradition the peacemaking circle to resolve conflicts and achieve justice....

The Public Humanist / Julie Mallozzi


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