Restorative practices help build community and create effective responses to conflict and harm. The Restorative Arlington initiative is bringing people together to adopt restorative practices in Arlington’s legal system, schools and community settings.
County Board Accepts the Restorative Arlington Strategic Plan
On November 17, after a presentation by Restorative Justice Coordinator Liane Rozzell (video, slides), the Arlington County Board accepted the Restorative Arlington Strategic Plan. The plan provides a framework for the County to adopt restorative justice practices in our public schools, legal system, and community settings. Arlington expects to receive a $75,000 grant award from the Annie E. Casey Foundation to help implement the plan.
In a news release, Board Chair Libby Garvey noted that, “We now have a way to strengthen our community and to practice Restorative Justice in our schools and our justice system.” She went on to say that Restorative Justice, “It values and addresses the needs of people who have been harmed, while ensuring that those responsible for the harm take responsibility for their actions and are accountable. It helps all involved to move forward. It improves and enhances the safety of our entire community.”
The Washington Post also reported on the Board’s action.
George Mason University’s Carter School Partners with Restorative Arlington
George Mason University’s Carter School for Peace and Conflict Resolution is a key partner in the Restorative Arlington initiative this year. This recent article from GMU’s online newsletter shares some details about the partnership, which was formalized in July when Carter School Dean Alpaslan Özerdem and Arlington County Manager Mark Schwartz signed a joint Letter of Intent.
Restorative Justice Panel Videos Available
A local group, Arlington Advocates for Restorative Justice, has hosted several online panels with restorative justice experts. These recordings are now available online.
The first panel features prominent restorative justice practitioners and scholars, Thalia González and Carl Stauffer. They discussed applying Restorative Justice with equity and fidelity in schools, the legal system and community settings, and answered questions about restorative justice and how Arlington can benefit from it.
The second panel focuses on the application of restorative practices in schools and features restorative justice practitioners Dwanna Nicole and Dr. Martha Brown, who have extensive experience with implementing restorative practices in schools. They provided in-depth insight into how restorative approaches can be adopted successfully in K-12 schools.
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