News, Events & Resources
Hitting the Headlines
If you’re an avid reader, you may have seen pieces covering this work in the press. But in case you missed them, here are a few clippings and releases.
- "Restorative Justice on the Rise Podcast: Interview with Erin Freeborn of JCRJD and Jennifer Larson Sawin of C4RJ" interviewed by Molly Rowan Leach
— an MP3 recording by The Peace Alliance July 3, 2014. The Peace Alliance is a national advocacy group that empowers civic engagement toward a culture of peace. Molly Rowan Leach produces regular shows and discussions on restorative justice around the country. See here for more on the series.
- "MBTA police leader aims to mend fences as Concord’s chief"
— Boston Globe July 6, 2014. New Concord Police Chief Joseph O'Connor talks about taking on the leadership role and prioritizing positive community policing trends like C4RJ.
- "Volunteers honored for time, talent"
— Concord Journal June 25, 2014. Covering C4RJ's Volunteer Appreciation Event. See pics of that event on our Facebook page.
- Letter from Rep. Cory Atkins (D-Concord)
— June 19, 2014. Honoring the work of C4RJ and the talent invested by C4RJ's volunteers; letter was read aloud at C4RJ's Volunteer Appreciation Event. See pics of that event on our Facebook page.
- Virtual Town Hall: Restorative Justice in Massachusetts
— The Peace Alliance June 18, 2014. An audio recording of a call-in event covering RJ legislation in Massachusetts. Guests: Middlesex DA Marian Ryan, Hon. John Cratsley (ret.), Chief Robert Bongiorno (Bedford). Nearly 100 participants from around the U.S. joined in. Action tool is also now available to engage legislators on Senate Bill 2078: An Act Promoting Restorative Justice Practices.
- "Toasts and Boasts: C4RJ celebrates volunteers"
— C4RJ Press Release June 2, 2014. Announcing the upcoming volunteer appreciation event on June 19, 2014 at Trinitarian Congregational Church. It's free and open to the public so register here if you're interested in joining in the festivities!
- "Seeking Answers, Accountability, and Healing"
— Bedford Citizen April 1, 2014. Guest contribution outlining the principles and practices of restorative justice, and the potential to address harm in the current string of swastika incidents in Bedford.
- "Bedford intensifies investigation into anti-Semitic incidents"
— Boston Globe March 28, 2014. Community seeks answers and a meaningful response.
- "Unlocking Potential: Addressing the overuse of juvenile detention
— Citizens for Juvenile Justice (CfJJ) report March 2014. An independent nonprofit statewide organization seeking to improve juvenile justice in MA publishes a report featuring the work of C4RJ (see pg. 14-16), among other agencies. See also CfJJ's excellent data report on youth crime in MA published in Dec. 2013.
- "Q&A: Seeking Paths to Justice and Healing"
— Acton Beacon March 9, 2014. C4RJ's Board President and former Acton selectman, Lauren Rosenzweig Morton, interviewed about her interest in restorative justice.
- "Malden High School Teams up with C4RJ on Grant Project"
— C4RJ news release Feb. 24, 2014. Pilot will offer restorative practices in a public school setting.
- "A Community-Police Parntership Comes to Wellesley"
— Wellesley-Weston Magazine Spring 2014. A great piece covering C4RJ's emerging work in Wellesley, MA.
- "New Film Finding Courage Offers Inside Look at Restorative Justice"
— Bedford Citizen November 23, 2013. Covering C4RJ's screening at Bedford's Old Town Hall.
- "Film Addresses Courage, Justice"
— Concord Journal November 14, 2013. Annoucning C4RJ's screening at Bedford's Old Town Hall.
- "Communities for Restorative Justice film makes debut"
— Concord Journal November 2, 2013. Covering the premiere in Concord of our new film Finding Courage.
- "Politics of Atonement"
— Next City Magazine October 2013. Volume 1 / Issue 80. A long-form piece in a national magazine by Dax Devlon-Ross about the progress of restorative justice in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. C4RJ features prominently in the story, along with many of our peers.
- "Justice on Film"
— Boston Globe October 13, 2013. Covering the completion of our film project Finding Courage.
- "Communites for Restorative Justice honored with 2012 freedom award"
— Concord Journal November 15, 2012. The Concord-Carlisle Human Rights Council, chaired by Sarah Napier and Ronni Olitsky, has announced that it had chosen Communities for Restorative Justice as the winner of that year's Climate for Freedom Award.
- "Communication: Do you hear what I'm not saying?"
— Concord Journal September 6, 2012. A periodic column by Polly Jenkins Man about the importance of direct communication and the tell-tale body language and tone missing from texting and email. She uses C4RJ as an example of what can be accomplished with a face-to-face encounter.
"Even Harder to Stand up to a Friend"
— Concord Journal February 2, 2012. A reflection by an anonymous young person who participated in our program and understood the impact of harm on the victims, community, and family.
- "Partnering with Police to do Restorative Justice"
— Peacebuilder Spring/Summer, 2011. Magazine of EMU's Center for Justice and Peacebuilding (C4RJ Executive Director's graduate alma mater) outlines how a certain retired police chief spends his retirement. (Hint: it's not by posting a "gone fishing" sign).
- "Spreading the message: Nigerian officials visit to learn about [C4RJ]"
— Concord Journal June 23, 2011. Detailing the visit to C4RJ of 25 Nigerian judges, attorneys, and human rights workers on an exchange program with UMass-Boston's Conflict Resolution graduate program.
- "Youth issues highlight Boxborough community police forum"
— The Beacon, serving Acton and Boxborough, June 16, 2011. With mention of Communities for Restorative Justice by Boxborough Selectman Chair Raid Suleiman.
- "Rebalance with Restorative Justice"
An Op-Ed piece by C4RJ staff appearing in several regional papers
— The Beacon, serving Acton and Boxborough, June 9, 2011
— Chelmsford Independent June 9, 2011
— Concord Journal June 9, 2011
— Littleton Independent June 9, 2011
- "Thinking About our Neighbors..."
— Cambridge Savings Bank 2010 Annual Report released March 2011 (pg. 10-11). Featuring the partnership between C4RJ communities and police along with the support of the Cambridge Savings Bank Charitable Foundation.
- C4RJ Staffer named to Carlisle Police Chief Search Committee
— Carlisle Mosquito March 25, 2011
- "Organization receives anti-bullying grant"
— Littleton Independent January 4, 2011. Marking the recent award by the Foundation for MetroWest.
- "Specialists say bullies also need attention"
— Boston Globe, November 29, 2010. Article includes a quote from bullying expert Barbara Coloroso (also consultant with South Hadley High School) that "...restorative justice...supports victims and helps them stay safe while teaching bullies about the impact of their actions and giving them the opportunity to make right..."
- "Restorative justice program invites collaboration"
— The Beacon, serving Acton and Boxborough, October 28, 2010
(front page article)
- "Who Takes Ownership of a Restorative Justice Programme?"
— Resolution 37, newsletter of the Restorative Justice Consortium in London, UK. Article (pg. 15) highlights C4RJ as an admirable model of shared community-police partnership.
- “Chief Wetherbee's Long Reach” A two-page spread featuring C4RJ and the Domestic Violence Services Network, two "critical human service agencies" that Chief Wetherbee helped establish during his 33-year career in the Concord Police Department. In the article, Chief Wetherbee states, "[C4RJ] is the most important program I've been involved in during my 33 years here. I wish every resident could see one circle in action...it's phenomenal."
—Concord-Carlisle Community Chest Annual Report 09-10, released September 15, 2010
- “Program reaches victims...” and photo of C4RJ Volunteer Rev. Dr. Barbara Smith-Moran with Justice Murray Sinclair, chairman of the Canadian Truth and Reconciliation Commission. Smith-Moran recently volunteered at the event in Winnipeg, Canada, which used restorative justice processes to address harms caused by church- and government-sponsored schools that forcibly "educated" indigenous youth for more than a century. Click here for related event held on August 19, 2010.
— Concord Journal August 12, 2010
- “Restorative Justice: Crime is a Violation of People and Relationships, not Just a Violation of Law”
— Law Officer by Elizabeth Eidlitz (C4RJ Volunteer) June 16, 2010
- Emerson Hospital Features C4RJ Vice President Jeff Campbell (a self-described "professional community volunteer")
- “Spain Conference Spotlights C4RJ”
— Concord Journal May 6, 2010
- “Don't Bully the Bully”
— Carlisle Mosquito April 16, 2010
- “Police face budget cut: Town could scale back Community Policing”
— Concord Journal May 21, 2009
- “[Howard] Zehr to Speak…” — Concord Journal March 27, 2009
- “More communities offer victims ‘restorative justice’”
— Boston Globe November 9, 2008
- “Program for crime victims expanded”
— Boston Globe February 26, 2009