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St. Paul Police Audit Now Includes Community Input Meetings

On October 22, 2015, a new report on the audit of the St. Paul Police Civilian Internal Affairs Review Commission, produced by the Center for Restorative Justice and Peacemaking, was made public after announcements by St. Paul Mayor Chirs Coleman and City Attorney Samuel Clark. Read more.


New Videos on Restorative Justice

Four new videos on restorative justice by Mark Umbreit are ideal for using in group trainings as well as for general presentations. A video by Ted Lewis covers a case narrative for a victim offender mediation. All videos are 10 to 20 minutes long. See all the new videos.

Complementing Mark's video on A Humanistic Approach to Mediation and Dialogue is an overview article on the same topic. What does it really mean to 'humanize' a resolution process for conflicts or crimes? Read "What Is A Humanistic Approach to Mediation?"

New Book Highlights Energy of Conflict and Trauma

Mark Umbreit's latest book, Dancing With the Energy of Conflict and Trauma: Letting Go, Finding Peace in Families, Communities & Nations, is now available. This set of stories about healing and reconciliation shows how people have learned to "be" with the energy of conflict and trauma in ways that help them find deeper peace. Examples draw from Mark's family and his work with people both nationally and internationally.

More information and how to purchase (PDF).

Film on the Energy of Forgiveness and Restorative Dialogue

Picture of people holding handsIn partnership with the Fetzger Institute in Michigan, Mark Umbreit co-produced a new film with Emergence Pictures, Being With the Energy of Forgiveness: Lessons from Former Enemies in Restorative Dialogue. Featured are cases where victims of serious crimes and communities in conflict have found ways to move forward in life.

See flyer for details. View the film on YouTube.

Article Explores Language of Energy

In his article, "The Energy of Conflict and Conflict Resolution: More Than a Metaphor," Ted Lewis considers why facilitators talk about blocked and released energies. Is it possible that profound conversations "from the heart" literally talk about our physical hearts as the primary place where emotional energies are stored, released and transformed? Read "The Energy of Conflict and Conflict Resolution: More Than a Metaphor" (PDF).

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