Opportunity and Danger: Implementing RJ in Existing Systems

How do we maximize the opportunity of restorative justice while staying true to its core values? In this webinar, Just Outcomes Principals Catherine Bargen, Aaron Lyons and Matthew Hartman will explore important elements for consideration in the implementation of restorative justice within existing criminal justice systems. Where do we begin when considering such an implementation? Is it more important to focus on program development or culture change? How do we avoid potential co-optation by the system, and how do we recognize these moments? How do we balance the need to actively frame the purpose of restorative justice for listener’s understanding with maintaining integrity toward the philosophy? What is the role of leadership and champions in the process? These questions and more will be explored through presentation and dialogue with webinar participants.

Howard Zehr will facilitate the webinar.

When: September 24, 2014, 4:30-6 p.m. Eastern Daylight Time (United States)

Cost: FREE

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Catherine BargenCatherine Bargen has studied and worked within the field of restorative justice since 1995. She is experienced across Canada and internationally as a consultant, trainer and practitioner in restorative justice and conflict transformation strategies. Her career has involved her in diverse settings from working with youth in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, to Aboriginal Culturally Responsive Crime Prevention to School-based Mediation Programs. She is author of the book Educating for Peacebuilding: Implementing Restorative Justice Principles and Practices in a School System (2010). Catherine holds the position of Restorative Justice Coordinator for B.C.’s Ministry of Justice, serving as a resource, policy-analyst and liaison for over fifty community-based restorative justice programs throughout the region.

Aaron LyonsBased in Vancouver, Canada, Aaron Lyons holds a Master’s degree in Conflict Transformation for Eastern Mennonite University. He currently works as a facilitator with Fraser Region Community Justice Initiatives’ Victim Offender Mediation Program, convening dialogue among victims and perpetrators of violent criminal offenses. Aaron is a Principal with Just Outcomes LLP, a partnership which supports communities and organizations to develop just responses to harm. Aaron’s 12-year background in the restorative justice field includes youth justice experience in New Zealand, where he convened and facilitated family group conferences within the world’s first systematized program of restorative justice. Aaron has rich experience in intercultural peacebuilding, youth work, addictions treatment and outdoor leadership. A gifted facilitator, Aaron brings insight, analysis and energy to the learning environment.

Matthew HartmanBased in Portland Oregon, Matthew Hartman holds a Master’s degree in Conflict Transformation and has a rich background in restorative justice practice. Currently the Restorative Justice Coordinator for Clackamas County Juvenile Department, Matthew’s comprehensive experience as a restorative justice practitioner includes ongoing consultation for restorative justice implementation in complex criminal justice systems and dialogue facilitation in cases of severe and violent crime. As the President for the Restorative Justice Coalition of Oregon and Co-Chair of the NW Justice Forum Planning Committee, Matthew also is a vital contributor to the NW’s restorative justice movement.