Restorative Justice Teaching Day
The Sage Colleges proudly hosted an informative workshop; Restorative Justice: Responding Constructively to Harmful Behavior: Prevention and Intervention at Home, in Schools, in the Community and in the World at the Opalka Gallery on the Sage College of Albany Campus on March 26, 2010.
Restorative Justice is a social movement to institutionalize peaceful approaches to preventing, repairing and healing from interpersonal harm. Offenders are encouraged to take responsibility for their damaging actions and attempt to make amends with their victims. Often in criminal cases, the focus is on the offender, their rights and punishment. The victim affected by the crime does not receive the same amount of attention. Restorative Justice recognizes the needs of the victim, the relationships harmed by the action and the community.
This teaching day was an opportunity to explore approaches in the spectrum of restorative justice, learn from leading practitioners and connect with groups working to transform our communities and our lives including students, mental health counselors, school counselors, social workers, clergy, school resource officers, youth court directors, and others interested in social justice.
Panelists included David Kaczynski, Executive Director of New Yorkers for Alternatives to the Death Penalty and brother of Ted Kaczynski, Albany County District Attorney David Soares and Derek Miodownik of the Vermont Department of Corrections. There was also a victim impact panel, comprised of men and women who have survived violence.