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The Promise and Perils of “Standards” in Restorative Justice Webinar

The February installment in the 2017-18 webinar series hosted by the Zehr Institute for Restorative Justice will take place:

February 21, 4:30PM-6:00PM*

Guests Catherine Bergen and Aaron Lyons, both Co-Founders, Principals, and Consultants with Just Outcomes, will explore the contested issue of “standards” in restorative justice, using the example of a current initiative in the Canadian province of British Columbia as a basis for group discussion and learning.

While some restorative justice advocates urge that standards are essential to maintaining quality practice and securing the confidence of referral agents, others warn that adherence to standards could burden the restorative justice field with bureaucracy and power hierarchies, limiting the necessary flexibility of restorative justice service delivery.

Webinar participants will learn how a collaborative effort in British Columbia has attempted to navigate this complex terrain for the enhancement of restorative justice practice in criminal matters provincially. They will share some lessons learned while inviting participants into reflection and discussion on the implications of this work for other jurisdictions and communities who are passionate about quality restorative justice practice.

Register HERE for this free learning opportunity.