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Jennifer Larson Sawin

Executive Director, Communities for Restorative Justice Since June 2008 , I am Executive Director of Communities for Restorative Justice based in Concord, MA. It’s an ambitious program that works to develop a regional model for police-based restorative justice cases. While the program began among juvenile offenders, I’ll invite the board to consider expanding to adult cases ...More

Partnering With Police To Do Restorative Justice

In the summer of 2010, a Massachusetts man who had just retired from 33 years of policing – the last 17 as a police chief – did an odd thing for relaxation and rejuvenation: he enrolled in Howard Zehr’s restorative justice class at EMU’s Summer Peacebuilding Institute (SPI). Chief Len Wetherbee already knew quite a ...More

What Have We Learned?

Restorative justice is fragile. It hinges on people taking determined steps to relentlessly pursue their healing despite the pain it may bring. It challenges us to growth, to imagine beyond the current status quo and to take the creative risk of feeling and acting in a different, yet deeply courageous way. —Carl Stauffer, EMU restorative justice ...More