Court Watching Report

A court watching pilot was initiated in Juvenile Delinquency Court of Washtenaw County on October 3, 2016 with a team of 14 volunteers collecting data at 377 court proceedings involving 176 juveniles and concluded its 6 month duration on March 29, 2017. The primary aim of the pilot was to increase knowledge of the juvenile justice system in the county in order to have more meaningful discussions with members of that system regarding any areas that raised questions of efficacy or fairness to the victim, the offender and/or the community. To read the full report Click here.

Seeds of Change

Melvin Parson, Emily Griswold and Ellen Baron present on Incarcerated Women and Youth Finding Purpose in Gardening.

Healing Justice

Join The Dispute Resolution Center and the Friends of Restorative Justice (FORJ) for a film viewing, panel discussion, and community conversation about the documentary, “Healing Justice.” It examines the impact of trauma, redefines justice within the criminal and juvenile justice systems, and moves us toward empathy, reconciliation, and healing to bring about social and transformative change

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Circles of Support and Accountability Training

The Michigan Department of Corrections will do a training for Washtenaw County volunteers in the restorative justice technique called Circles of Support and Accountability. These circles are set up for people returning from prison who have high need. The training will be Saturday September 22 from 9:15am to 4:00 pm. in the Fahs Chapel of the Unitarian Universalist Church of Ann Arbor.