Great evening with the Mansfield Institute at Blackstone Library last night. Beginning with an overview of restorative justice and its practices, Nancy Michaels, Associate Director at the Institute, described the variety of places restorative justice practices are used including the work place, the criminal justice system, and schools. We formed our own circle (you missed passing the frog if you weren’t there!) and experienced how the circle precipitates open dialogue as well as concentrated “listening” moments. And we learned about how their involvement in one public school is improving its school climate.
For more information about the Institute or restorative justice, check out the links under Juvenile Justice on the right hand side of our blog.