Kentuckians Working It Out
Collaboration is always an effective tool. The collaborative processes of "conferences" and "circles" worked so well, they were integrated into other areas. Integration of restorative justice processes empower Kentucky citizens to innovate our society by utilizing and building on these examples.
- Primary school educators use talking circles and morning meetings to improve classroom climate... helping with issues like bullying, etc.
- Secondary educators adapt restorative justice principals to address discipline problems as an alternative to zero tolerance policies, which studies show have failed to improve school discipline issues and may have actually exacerbated them
- Social workers organize Family Group Decision-Making (FGDM) Conferences to bring extended families together to solve problems of abuse and delinquency.
- Intervention counselors employ techniques for drug and alcohol abuse
- Business managers explore horizontal management strategies to empower their employees to solve problems in the workplace.
- Faith-based communities embrace restorative practices to resolve internal conflict.
- Community leaders address and mediate issues more effectively.
- Individuals request mediation to solve disputes instead of using the court system.
Kentucky Citizens Empowered - Aware - Engaged - Participating
Kentucky Center for Restorative Justice envisions the State of Kentucky as a peaceful, harmonious and prosperous community where:
- Citizens are empowered with fresh skills to rebuild safe, economically stable and diverse communities by taking responsibility for themselves and each other.
- Citizens have a heightened awareness of restorative justice as a better system of justice for victims, offenders and communities.
- Citizens engage in best practices that will bring us closer to this transformative model.
- Citizens participate in a "Call to Action" for this societal change.
Participation is Urgent
Participation is the key to Kentucky's success. Accepting personal responsibility to innovate our society with restorative justice from the ground upward means with "all hands on deck," we can make the most significant impact in the shortest period of time. KCRJ challenges each Kentucky citizen to stay informed, be an active participant and, when possible, accept the challenge to become a certified leader for your community. Knowledgeable leaders are urgently needed in your school, community or work-place.
Kentucky Leadership is Challenged
Restorative Justice Leaders will network together to:
- Provide a constructive framework to guide responses to crime, conflict, offensive behavior, violations and injustices.
- Integrate restorative justice principals that repair damages, establish dignity and reintegrate all who were harmed and alienated.
- Build communities with innovative philosophy that works equally well in our homes, schools, workplaces, churches, communities and justice system.
- Guide in establishing values that respect all people.
KCRJ can help you integrate "conferences" and "circles" into your entities. Call us for an appointment to discuss ways we can be of service to you. Stay informed of upcoming events and news. Learn more about the training process. Join my KCRJ Professional Alliance.