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Social Work GSA ~ Restorative Justice Day
April 24, 2017 @ 9:00 am - 5:00 pmFree
This seminar will be open to all interested graduate students and community members, and will focus on training in the techniques and principles of restorative justice. Restorative Justice Practices help to build healthy communities, increase social capital, reduce the impact of crime, decrease antisocial behavior, repair harm, and restore relationships. Restorative justice serves as an alternative to retributive systems, with a focus on engaging all stakeholders to repair harm through accountability, safety, and competency. Restorative Justice Practices in schools and in the juvenile justice system have been known to produce a higher success rate in the areas of victim and offender satisfaction, restitution compliance, and reduced recidivism compared to our typical system of retributive justice. As a result, Restorative Practices are increasingly being used throughout the country. This seminar would engage students across multiple disciplines to learn about and practice using this extremely beneficial, evidence based approach.