Campus News 2007
For Immediate Release
April 17, 2007
Restorative justice conference to address healing victims, offenders
Schreiner University will host the first-ever National Conference on Restorative Justice, June 24-27. The conference will focus on peacemaking and the repair of harms caused by crime, and will highlight both mainstream and alternative practices that bring healing and provide rehabilitation.
U.S. Congressman Danny K. Davis of Chicago and former Wisconsin Supreme Court Justice Janine P. Geske will headline the conference, which features more than 100 national and international leaders in the fields of law, criminal justice, academic research, education, and public policy. They are being joined by victims’ advocates Howard Zehr and Mark Umbreit, Australian practitioner and criminal justice reformer Leigh Garrett; peacemaking circles advocate Kay Pranis, juvenile justice expert Gordon Bazemore, and church and social justice leaders Elaine Enns and Ched Myers.
More than 33 workshops and panel discussions will focus on specialized topics such as mediation, victim-offender dialogue, juvenile offenders, domestic violence, judges’ perspectives, Biblical concepts, peacemaking circles, clergy abuse, community crime prevention, mental health issues, addictive behaviors, families of offenders and caring for victims of crime.
The conference is presented by Schreiner University; the College of Public Policy and Department of Criminal Justice at the University of Texas at San Antonio; the Ghost Ranch National Conference Center of Santa Fe and Abiqui, New Mexico; and the SoL (Source of Light) Center at University Presbyterian Church, San Antonio.
Conference co-sponsors include the International Community Corrections Association (ICCA), the National TASC (Treatment Accountability for Safer Communities), the Marquette University Law School Restorative Justice Initiative, the General Board of Church and Society of the United Methodist Church, the Baptist General Convention of Texas (BGCT), and the Victim Services Division of the Texas Department of Criminal Justice.
For conference information and registration, contact Jack Jackson at (210) 732-9927, or visit http://www.restorativejusticenow.org/.
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