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The Currents of Restorative Justice Conference
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The Currents of Restorative Justice Conference


When: 11/15/2013
8:30 AM
Where: Nohr Gallery, Ullsvik Hall
30 South Hickory Street
Platteville, Wisconsin  53818
United States
Robin Cline

Phone: 608-642-2581

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Online registration is closed.

Learn the basics of Restorative Justice including application, history, and current trends. Hear how Restorative Justice works to assure victims' rights to be informed and present, and heard from by the members of the Wisconsin Office of Victim Services. Listen to the survivors of crime describe the unique experience of talking one on one with the offenders who so greatly impacted their lives. Come to meet active members of Wisconsin's Restorative Justice movement including local activists who have been conducting victim-offender conferencing and working with prison inmates to develop greater empathy and desire for community engagement. The Wisconsin Restorative Justice movement is also involved in promoting Restorative Justice programming such as victim impact panels and alternative courts for specific circumstances such as teen offenders, drug and alcohol addiction, mental illness, and veteran offenders.

8:00-9:00 Registration         

9:00-9:20 Introduction to Restorative Justice presented by crime victim/survivor and Wisconsin Restorative Justice Coalition Secretary Tanya Nelson

Tanya Nelson is a 1994 graduate of the University of Wisconsin-Platteville, with a Bachelor of Science in  Broadcast Technology Management. Although she has worked in the industry since graduating, her passion lies in Restorative Justice. After being personally impacted by violent crime in 1999, she has spent more than 12 years working in and volunteering for many Restorative Justice programs.

9:20-10:20 Keynote Speaker Janine Geske

Justice Janine P. Geske (ret.) currently serves as a Distinguished Professor of Law at the Marquette University Law School (US). She is the founder and director of its Restorative Justice Initiative and served as Visiting Professor at the Catholic University of Leuven at the Criminology Institute in 2011. She previously served as a Milwaukee County Circuit Court Judge for twelve years and a Wisconsin Supreme Court Justice for five years.  She also has served as the Interim Milwaukee County Executive, and as Interim Dean of the Marquette Law School.  In her current role, she teaches restorative justice, supervises the Marquette Restorative Justice Clinic, and works extensively with the Wisconsin Department of Corrections, victims groups, prosecutors, police, social service agencies, neighborhood associations, and other restorative justice programs to design restorative processes that meet their respective needs to work toward repair the harm.

10:30-10:45 Morning Break

10:45-11:45 Panel Discussion with professionals who utilize Restorative Justice in the criminal justice field (i.e.: Victim Services, Law Enforcement, Human Services, Institutional Staff, Education Staff)

12:45-1:45 Break into discussion circles (Schools, Law Enforcement, Community, Courts)

1:45 - 2:00 Jo Winston, Director, Office of Victim Services & Programs

Jo was appointed as the Director of the WI DOC Office of Victim Services and Programs in 2000, when the office was first created. Under her leadership services and information available to crime victims in Wisconsin have been greatly enhanced. Over the past thirteen years, restorative justice efforts, such as victim offender dialogue meetings and an offender apology letter repository have been implemented and expanded. Jo has supported restorative justice efforts within the prison system and regularly travels to correctional facilities with victim speakers. She has demonstrated a tireless commitment to collaboration on crime victim issues and currently serves as an active member of Wisconsin Coalition Against Sexual Assault, End Domestic Abuse Wisconsin (WCADV), Wisconsin Victim Witness Professionals Association and the Wisconsin Restorative Justice Coalition.


2:00-3:00 Victim and offender speakers

3:00-4:00 Reflection circle- "In what ways might we utilize restorative justice in our fields?

Registration fee $55.00, registration fee for students $15.00.


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