Peacemaking Circles: From Crime to Community

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Living Justice Press, 2003 - Law - 277 pages
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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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Contents

The General Format of a Circle Gathering
131
The Overall Circle Process for Dealing with Crime
149
When and for Whom Are Circles a Good Choice?
153
Stage 2 Preparing for the Sentencing Circle
167
Stage 3 Gathering All Consenting Parties in a Circle for Sentencing
176
Making It Work Accountability and Implementing Circle Consensus
199
Stepping Back to Count Circle Gains
209
Tapping Our Powers to Change
239

Putting Values into Practice in Setting Up Circles
50
Medicine Wheel Guidance in Seeking Balance and Wholeness
68
Exploring Instead of Conquering Differences
76
The Outer Frame of Circles
81
Facilitating a Safe Space for Dialogue
82
Ensuring Equal Contribution and a Reflective Pace
93
Agreeing to Come Together In a Good Way
103
Moving Us to Deeper Places
115
ConsensusBased DecisionMaking
120
How It All Comes Together The Circle Process and Gathering
127
Notes
245
Acknowledgments
247
Supporting Community Initiatives Barrys Thoughts on Funding
251
Books That Have Lit Our Paths
257
Index
261
About the Authors
273
Contact Us
275
About Living Justice Press
277
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Kay Pranis is a national and international leader in restorative justice and trainer in the peacemaking Circle process.

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