Restorative Justice at UUAA focuses on working toward a more healing, balanced, and restorative justice system through raising community awareness of victim offender conferencing, peacemaking circles and diversion programs in our community and courts. We are a project-based group and may or may not meet regularly depending upon the need. We have two major focuses for our group.

  1. Promotion of Restorative Justice

We work for a more healing and fair justice system and community through:

(http://www.prisoneradvocacy.org/about-us/good-neighbor-project/)

  • Promotion of books on restorative justice at the Social Justice Table (e.g.: The Little Books of: Restorative Justice, Victim Offender Conferencing, Circle Processes, Restorative Justice for People in Prison)
  • Promotion of informational presentations such as “The Prosecutor’s Office in Washtenaw County: Why You Should Care” (Youtube the dispute resolution center)
  1. Prison Ministry
  • We advocate for restorative practices in place of retributive sentencing. And offer opportunities to work with those currently incarcerated or with those who have been released from incarceration. Our group collaborates with the Dispute Resolution Center and the Peace Keeping Circle Court to promote justice, reparation, and resolution for the community, the victims and for those who caused the harm.
  • Restorative Justice of UUAA is a faith based group that meets with Friends of Restorative Justice (FORJ) of Washtenaw County every first Tuesday of the month at the UU Congregation from 7:00- 8:30 p.m. Please contact Carolyn Madden if your are interested in attending our meetings the steering committee for FORJ.

For more information about Friends of Restorative Justice of Washtenaw Country please click on the link to our webpage:  http://www.friendsofrestorativejustice.org/

And for the recent newsletter from the Women's Huron Valley Correctional facility click on:  Winter NLA Newsletter

Please link to the following organizations or documents for current prison and jail initiatives:

All of Safe & Just Michigan's webinars are available from the Safe & Just Michigan Youtube channel which is here:

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCUbRFInVe0cMEqRZtrOLlkw

Michigan Task Force on Jails and Pretrial Incarceration

https://www.mprnews.org/story/2019/09/12/restorative-circles-launch-in-st-paul-for-some-firsttime-offenders

https://www.commonjustice.org/danielle_sered_staff

"I work at Common Justice because I know we cannot just critique violence and mass incarceration. We have to--and we can-- build the practical, moral solutions that will displace them." (Danielle Sered)12:50

Why "If you can't do the time, don't do the crime" is a total failure: Josh Hoe  

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-LTMWAo6R9E

Josh Hoe’s podcast, book reviews, interviews and commentary on incarceration issues
http://decarcerationnation.com/ 

 

Please contact the co-chairs Kathy Friedrichs at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or Carolyn Madden at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. with your questions or interest..

 

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