International Association of Addictions & Offender Counselors

Restorative Justice Committee

Purpose:

The purpose of the Restorative Justice (RJ) Committee is to publicize information and hopefully generate interest in RJ principles as a viable alternative to the current criminal justice system.

 

The shift to a justice paradigm that privileges the voice of the community and interests itself in healing rather than punitive practices is at the heart of the RJ movement.

 

This committee hopes to involve itself in research, educational and public forums, and possibly legislative initiatives that lead to a more equitable, humane justice system.


To get involved, contact the committee chairs:

George Walker

Clinical Program Manager, Student

Barry University

george.walker@mymail.barry.edu

 

 

Jeanevra Pearson

Student

Barry University

jeanevra.pearson@mymail.barry.edu

Goals:

  • We want to raise the awareness of the counseling community to the existence of RJ principles and practices that currently exist.

  • We want to provide counselors with resources for research, practice, pedagogy, and/or participation in RJ initiatives.

  • We want to advocate for the kind of systemic changes that invite a collaborative, dialogue-driven, community-based approach to criminal justice and other harmful behavior.

  • We want to advocate for the removal of substance-use disorders out of the jurisdiction of the criminal justice system and into province of the mental health system so that those suffering from substance related difficulties might receive treatment rather than sentences.

Current projects:

  • Webinar presentation in conjunction with the Association for Spiritual, Ethical, and Religious Values in Counseling (ASERVIC)

  • Webinar presentation in conjunction with the Association for Multicultural Counseling and Development (AMCD)

  • Compiling an annotated bibliography of related conceptual and research studies related to RJ

  • Submitting a poster to the IAAOC Research Carousel as part of the 2016 ACA Conference

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