How Poetry Can Lower Recidivism

How Poetry Can Lower Recidivism

Posted on: February 4, 2021

Students admitted to a restorative justice program often must attend an educational seminar, which we at Vantage Pointe provide. These courses aim to improve decision-making skills, including how to avoid using drugs or alcohol. The seminar opens with an analysis and discussion of a poem that addresses the complexities, including ...
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Sanctions vs. Sentences

Posted on: December 17, 2020

To be sure a “sanction” is a penalty for wrongdoing. The UN imposes sanctions on countries for committing international crimes. But a sanction is also an authorization. A government agency may sanction actions it deems productive or safe. Restorative justice adopts both definitions of the term, like two sides of ...
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Defendants vs. Respondents

Posted on: December 16, 2020

In Teen Court and Sentencing Circles “Respondent” is the term we prefer to “defendant.” These students are after all responding by doing the right thing, acting in response to a mistake, to repair the damage their choice may have caused, even, or perhaps especially, if that damage includes their disappointment ...
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Begin with the Student’s Strengths

Posted on: December 14, 2020

Sentencing Circles open with a discussion of the student’s strengths. These provide the Circle the basis for determining the most appropriate sanctions for the student charged. By “appropriate” we mean how the student may best give back to his or her community--as a means of repairing the damage they may ...
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Brain Science Support for Restorative Justice Programs for Teens

Posted on: November 24, 2020

The National institute for Mental Health recently published “The Teen Brain: 7 Things to Know,” which details the “big and important changes [...] happening in the brain during adolescence.” According to the article, Though the brain may be done growing in size [by our late teen years], it does not finish ...
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The Inspiration of Restorative Justice

Posted on: November 21, 2020

Like the ideal of justice itself, restorative justice programs serve all qualified youth in the greater Cape Fear, regardless of need, circumstances, background, neighborhood, ethnicity, or creed. No child 11-18 years old is turned away who meets admission requirements; in fact all are given every opportunity to succeed.  Most triumph, regardless ...
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The Aspirations of Restorative Justice

Posted on: November 17, 2020

Vantage Pointe’s vision is “a community unified by our differences.” This is a standard toward which we believe all people strive. Difference--of belief, of opinion, of experience, background, even difference due to an illegal act--is the great given among human beings. And it may be our most precious attribute. Think ...
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How Sentencing Circles Works

Posted on: November 4, 2020

Sentencing Circles works like Teen Court in that the program’s goal is a student offender's making amends for his or her action. However, rather than a formal hearing in which the student testifies in front of a jury, a Sentencing Circle joins people, adult and student volunteers and, of course, ...
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How Teen Court Works

Posted on: October 28, 2020

Teen Court looks and feels like regular court. The hearings even take place in The Judicial Building, in courtrooms where during the day real court cases take place. But there are important differences. Kids referred to the program, first, must admit guilt of their offense. To refer to a previous ...
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What about Kids Who Don’t Regret Their Crimes?

Posted on: October 22, 2020

Not every student referred to a restorative justice program necessarily feels they’ve done something wrong. Even their parents may not feel so. This can be the case for a student charged with simple assault who feels they were only trying to defend themselves. In fact, in such situations the child ...
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