Peacemaking Circles: From Crime to Community
A time-tested paradigm for healing relationships and keeping them healthy, Peacemaking Circles explores how communities can respond to crimes in ways that address the needs and interests of all those affected - victims, offenders, their families and friends, and the community. Based on indigenous teachings combined with current research in conflict resolution, the Circle process described here builds an intentionally safe space where we can bring our best selves to some of our most difficult conversations. Though the book relates the process to criminal justice, the explanantion of Circle philosophy and practice can be readily applied to hurts and conflicts in other areas of life. Above all, the book offers a grounded vision for how we can be together "in a good way," especially when it seems hardest to do. -- Provided by publisher.
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The General Format of a Circle Gathering
The Overall Circle Process for Dealing with Crime
When and for Whom Are Circles a Good Choice?
Stage 2 Preparing for the Sentencing Circle
Stage 3 Gathering All Consenting Parties in a Circle for Sentencing
Making It Work Accountability and Implementing Circle Consensus
Stepping Back to Count Circle Gains
Tapping Our Powers to Change
Putting Values into Practice in Setting Up Circles
Medicine Wheel Guidance in Seeking Balance and Wholeness
Exploring Instead of Conquering Differences
The Outer Frame of Circles
Facilitating a Safe Space for Dialogue
Ensuring Equal Contribution and a Reflective Pace
Agreeing to Come Together In a Good Way
Moving Us to Deeper Places
How It All Comes Together The Circle Process and Gathering
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