PUEBLO offers training in restorative justice
February 8th kicked off a 16 hour training session in restorative justice, facilitated by Garry Malachi Scott, and assisted by Tatiana Chaterji. The group was intentionally kept small and the participants universally appreciated the opportunity to experience an in-depth, meaningful process. Among the topics that were explored were: what is restorative justice and its practice; 'what are the procedures of a circle process, and introducing childhood trauma concepts in the area of discipline verses punishment and guilt and shame.
This is the first of a series of trainings that PUEBLO plans to offer members of the community in its campaign to build capacity within the community to implement the principles and various models of facilitated processes of restorative justice -- particularly with respect to providing pre-adjudication alternatives to Oakland juvenile offenders. All too many of our youth are cited, arrested and remanded to Juvenile Hall when a far more cost-effective and beneficial alternative is available that will reduce recidivism and provide an opportunity for reconciliation and community building within our neighborhoods.
Meet our facilitator: