Restorative Justice documentaries and videos
Filming The Meanest Guy in Prison

The Meanest Guy in Prison - half-hour documentary produced with CJOH and the Canadian Prison Television Network for "Laurier LaPierre Presents". Directed by Don Marcotte and scripted by his brother Terry, it was shot in some of the toughest prisons in Canada to tell the compelling story of Jim Cavanagh's conversion. This production required working closely with prison guards and inmates - two sub-cultures not usually willing to trust one another.

One Day in Russell Heights - an eighteen minute summary of a ground-breaking restorative and community justice event held in October 1996 in the Ottawa Community of Russell Heights with Harry Elton, Roland Pirker and Bob Wilson.  Community participants included Somalia-trained lawyer Sahra Said.

Achieving Satisfying Justice: A Symposium on Implementing Restorative Models – The Library – 28 tapes of speeches from this important symposium on Restorative models of Justice organized by the Canadian Criminal Justice Association in Vancouver March 21-23, 1997. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

A group of professionals and community people from across Canada, representing different parts of the justice system, 215 individuals, met to discuss challenges and perspectives for the future. "Achieving Satisfying Justice" was the title for the symposium on Implementing Restorative Models of Justice. It was held in Vancouver, British Columbia in March 1997. This discussion is important. The justice system in Canada is at a crossroads. Restorative justice represents a fundamental shift in values with regards to how we do justice and what justice is. The presentations and workshops were meant to promote reflection and practical action. People who care, people involved, people affected by the justice system, people are talking to each other. ... The following tapes of some of these discussions and presentations are now available:

 

TAPE 1: OPENING + PERSPECTIVES ON ACHIEVING SATISFYING JUSTICE: THE CHALLENGE BEFORE US – LORRAINE BERZINS

"The conference proceedings began with prayers for spiritual guidance and a speech by Lorraine Berzins, Church Council on Justice and Corrections"

OPENING PRAYERS: Elder Dr. Vince Stogan – Musqueam Nation

FRENCH PRAYER: Donald Thompson, Prêtre, Securité Publique, Québec

ENGLISH PRAYER: Rev. David Hilderman, Correctional Service of Canada, Pacific Regional Chaplain, British Columbia .."evil should be overcome with good."

 

TAPE 2: - EXPERIENCES WITH THE SYSTEM 1-WILMA DERKSEN

Family Survivors of Homicide - "The Symposium heard from Wilma Derksen. She is a mother whose thirteen year old daughter Candace was kidnapped and killed. The murderer was never found."

+ EXPERIENCES WITH THE SYSTEM – 2 - GLENN FLETT, Founder, Long Term Inmates Now in Community (LINC), Mission, B.C.

"Glenn Flett is a lifer and chronic offender. He spoke of his experience of nearly 23 years behind bars in Ontario and British Columbia."

 

TAPE 3 - EXPERIENCES WITH THE SYSTEM – 3 - LEE LAKEMAN

Canadian Association of Sexual Assault Centres, Vancouver British Columbia

"A long time women’s crisis centre advocate and worker, Lee Lakeman spoke of her frustration with new initiatives of the justice system which she believes fails to address the issues of racism, women’s equality and poverty."

 

TAPE 4 - EXPERIENCES WITH THE SYSTEM - 4 - ANDREJS BERZINS

Crown Attorney of Ottawa-Carleton

"Crown attorney of Ottawa-Carleton, Andrejs Berzins, spoke candidly of his own 23 year experience with a justice system which he believes is overburdened, impersonal and ineffective."

 

TAPE 5 - EXPERIENCES WITH THE SYSTEM – 5 - SHARON MCIVOR

Merritt Legal Services, British Columbia

"Sharon McIvor, a small town lawyer who was not involved in wider issues until she served as an advisor in the design and building of the new healing lodge in Maple Creek Saskatchewan for federally sentenced native women."

 

TAPE 6 - DAN VAN NESS – A VALUES FRAMEWORK FOR A RESTORATIVE APPROACH - Prison Fellowship International, Washington, D.C.

"Dan van Ness is a U.S.-based lawyer and professor who grew up in Canada. He used the analogy of building a house to convey the fundamental values and principles needed to build a sound restorative justice system."

 

TAPE 7 - Jacques Gagne, Coordinateur du projet d’ensemble – Services d’Urgence Psychosociale, Montreal, Quebec unavailable at this time

 

TAPE 8 - ROSEMARY COUCH - RESTORATIVE JUSTICE AT WORK - 2

Project Director, Kwanlin Dun First Nation

"Rosemary Couch spoke of the importance of the community as the place where justice begins – based on her experiences with the Kwanlin Dun First Nation community in the Yukon"

 

TAPE 9 – SGT. JAKE BOUWMAN - RESTORATIVE JUSTICE AT WORK - 3

Royal Canadian Mounted Police, Sparwood, British Columbia

"RCMP Sgt. Jake Bouwman spoke of his skepticism about restorative justice approaches until he read something that changed his mind"…

 

TAPE 10 - GRAHAM REDDOCH - RESTORATIVE JUSTICE AT WORK - 4

Executive Director, John Howard Society of Manitoba

"Graham Reddoch of the John Howard Society in Manitoba

spoke of the important work in their innovative program called Restorative Resolutions."

+ KAY PRANIS - RESTORATIVE JUSTICE AT WORK - 5

Restorative Justice Unit, Minnesota Department of Corrections, USA

"Since 1994, Kay Pranis has held the position of Restorative justice planner with the Minnesota Department of Corrections. She spoke on the importance of community involvement."

 

TAPE 11 - JOY WATERS - RESTORATIVE JUSTICE AT WORK - 6

Community and Correctional Services, Yukon Department of Justice

"The Director of Community and Correctional Services from the Yukon, Joy Waters, spoke of taking a restorative approach to child sexual abuse."

 

TAPE12 - SUSAN SAVEREUX – MEETING THE NEEDS OF VICTIMS OF CRIME - 1

Scarborough, Ontario

"Susan Savereux spoke personally about her family’s experience of mediation after her brother was killed by an impaired driver"

 

TAPE13 - WILMA DERKSEN – MEETING THE NEEDS OF VICTIMS OF CRIME - 2

author of Have You Seen Candace?

"Wilma Derksen wrote a book about the experience of losing her 13- year old daughter Candace who was kidnapped. The murderer was never found. Wilma shares from her experience and that of others. She has developed a list of fifteen basic needs of victims of serious crime"

 

TAPES 14 – 21 THE MARKET PLACE SPEAKERS CORNER

At the Achieving Satisfying Justice Symposium there were representatives from all across Canada & elsewhere, people who have been implementing practical examples of restorative justice. Here are just a few examples of people trying to change the way we do justice:

 

TAPE 14 – DON THOMPSON (en francais) – Speaker’s Corner # 1

unavailable at this time

 

TAPE 15 – JONATHAN RUDIN - ABORIGINAL LEGAL SERVICES – SPEAKER’S CORNER #2

"Jonathan Rudin is the program director with Aboriginal Legal Services of Toronto"

 

TAPE 16 - MICHAEL PHILLIPS – MINISTRY OF THE ATTORNEY GENERAL OF ONTARIO – SPEAKER’S CORNER # 3

"Dr. Michael Phillips is the Acting Director of planning and administration in the office of the Attorney General of Ontario"

 

TAPE 17 - MICHELLE JOUBERT – SPEAKER’S CORNER # 4

"Michelle Joubert is the director, Restorative Resolutions with the John Howard Society of Manitoba"

 

TAPE 18 - VAL NAPOLEON – SPEAKER’S CORNER # 5

"Val Napoleon is researcher, Gitxsan Treaty Office, Hazelton British Columbia"

 

TAPE 19 - SGT. JAKE BOUWMAN – SPEAKER’S CORNER # 6

"Sgt. Jake Bouwman of the RCMP tells a story related to the Family Group Conferencing project in Sparwood, B.C."

 

TAPE 20 - ASST. CHIEF CONSTABLE ROBERT DAVIES – SPEAKER’S CORNER # 7

"Assistant Chief Constable Robert Davies with the Thames Valley Police Department, Kiddlington, Oxford, England"

 

TAPE 21 - KEN ACTON – SPEAKER’S CORNER # 8

"Ken Acton, Director of Mediation Services, Saskatchewan Justice,"

 

TAPE 22 - DARREN WINEGARDEN (1 hour tape) – Director of Justice, Federation of Saskatchewan Indian Nations

"Darren Winegarden spoke about the fundamental difference between the European model of justice and the first nations approach to justice."

+ KATHY LOUIS, Regional Vice Chairperson, Pacific Region National Parole Board, Abbotsford, British Columbia

"Kathy Louis spoke about some practical issues relating to native spirituality and justice"

 

TAPE 23 - DR. SCOTT CLARK – RESEARCH & EVALUATION

Acting Director, Research & Statistics Section, Department of Justice Canada

"The Symposium recognized the importance of research and evaluation in the development and implementation of restorative justice. Dr. Scott Clark coordinated a pre-symposium day to discuss research concerns and reported on their deliberations."

+ DR. JOAN NUFFIELD - – RESEARCH & EVALUATION

Criminologist, Vancouver, B.C.

"Joan Nuffield, a researcher and consultant in criminal justice, outlined 12 key questions that need to be addressed in the research and evaluation of restorative justice initiatives."

TAPE 24 (1.5 hour) - WORKSHOP #3 – YOUTH JUSTICE – JOHN LABATT,

Director, Community Youth Services, Saskatchewan Social Services

"How can the restorative frame of reference be used to better meet the needs of vulnerable children and youth, and change the youth justice system?"

+ CAL COLE – Community Representative, Citizens Crime Prevention Association of Newfoundland and Labrador, Clarenville

"Cal Cole spoke about youth alternative measures in Newfoundland?"

+ RON TAYLOR – PEI Youth Centre

"Ron Taylor spoke of bringing the restorative justice concepts inside a youth correctional institute."

 

TAPE 25 (1.5 hour) - WORKSHOP 13 – BUILDING COMMUNITY SUPPORT FOR RESTORATIVE JUSTICE – Rick Prashaw, Communications and Youth Justice Coordinator, Church Council on Justice and Corrections, co-author of Satisfying Justice. Other resource persons: Etta Connor and Marg Stanowski.

"Experience is showing that community support is critical for successful restorative programs. What lessons have we learned about community development in the past that could assist us in generating such support? Rick Prashaw led discussion:"

 

TAPE 26 - DRAMA PRESENTATION: ESQUIMALT SECONDARY SCHOOL UNITY THEATREunavailable at this time

"The symposium featured a special drama presentation by a group of high school students from Esquimalt Secondary School led by teacher Frank Conibear. Unity Theatre gave the audience an opportunity to participate in the role play on conflict resolution by demonstrating ways to change the action to reflect more positive values. The students continue the dramatization in a scene that takes them to an attempted settlement of the dispute."

 

TAPE 27 (1 hour) – PERSPECTIVES ON ACHIEVING SATISFYING JUSTICE - REV. DR. PIERRE ALLARD, DIRECTOR GENERAL OF CHAPLAINCY, CORRECTIONAL SERVICE CANADA

"The final Perspective On Achieving Satisfying Justice was presented by Rev. Pierre Allard, who spoke about the relationship between faith and justice"

+ DR. MICHAEL HADLEY – Centre for the Study of Religion and Society, U. of Victoria

"Dr. Michael Hadley also spoke of the important relationship between spirituality and justice"

 

TAPE 28 - NEXT STEPS: REPORT BACK ON JURISDICTIONAL ACTION PLANS Facilitator: Sylvia McMechan, Executive Director, The Network: Interaction for Conflict Resolution

"At the Symposium, the participants divided into groups to discuss jurisdictional action plans. Joy Waters reported first on the Yukon and the Northwest Territories."

YUKON:

We have accomplished a lot in developing + implementing restorative justice initiatives in the Yukon. In the next year we feel we need to stop and take a breath + assess whether what we are doing is/has: quality/inclusive/holistic "community culture" to support a restorative approach (community defined in its broadest sense – professional, geographical, etc.)

"British Columbia was represented by Susan Christie"

BRITISH COLUMBIA:

"DOGMA KILLS CRITICAL THOUGHT"

Education/Training for Public and justice professionals

Don’t forget the need for basic social services

Bring Restorative Justice approaches to what we are already doing

Develop links – within communities/within government agencies/ across all

@ community – government – ensure "all" voices are heard

Need policy framework developed by government + community

June 19, 20 – 2 day – 9 site follow-up workshop

"Alberta was represented by Howard Sapers"

ALBERTA:

1 Public response to Restorative Justice is not always positive – "Soft on Crime" so –

2 Need to take action to educate - definitions/examples/successes

  1. Involve people who experience the process - trust is important/ - use common sense and

goodwill

4 market success – talk about what works

"Saskatchewan was represented by Gina Alexander"

SASKATCHEWAN:

- Have a foundation to move forward

"Manitoba was represented by Terry Lumb"

MANITOBA:

Several projects underway

"Ontario was represented by Berkeley Harris"

ONTARIO:

Provide support & sustaining funding to existing programs (i.e. build on present)

Ontario will:

Hold future meetings in circles and respect the significance for future business

Follow the lead of Saskatchewan in recommending "A Restorative Justice Fund"

When dividing jurisdictions aboriginal peoples should be a jurisdiction

Foster link between (Restorative Justice) and community policing

Form alliances to take (Restorative Justice) to communities

RJ seen as "soft on crime"

Sensitizing judges, crown et al to benefits of Restorative Justice

"Quebec was represented by Mylene Jaccoud"

QUEBEC:

"The Atlantic provinces were represented by Brenda Picard"

THE ATLANTIC PROVINCES:

Will hold a regional conference in the fall of 1997 involving participants from all sectors: victims, offenders, community organizations, "justice" workers and politicians.

We will work on developing common language, sharing information, and develop strategies to promote and implement Restorative justice in our region.

"Federal jurisdictions were represented by Jane Miller-Ashton"

FEDERAL GOVERNMENT:

To develop a framework for Restorative Justice in Canada initiated by the Department of Justice with critical + ongoing consultation with key communities and partners.

 

TAPE 29 - CLOSING ADDRESS: WHERE DO WE GO FROM HERE? HON. JOHN T. NILSON, Attorney General and Minister of Justice, Saskatchewan

"The closing address at the Symposium was given by the Hon. John Nilson as a reflection of the conference’s goal of implementation. He represents someone who is facing the needs for change in his own jurisdiction."

Following John Nilson’s speech, we asked him what are the parallels between the birth of the public health care system and restorative justice?" (3 minutes)

 

TAPE 30 – REFLECTIONS & CLOSING OF THE CONFERENCE

"A good example of the discussions behind the scenes at the symposium is the following debate between Marc Forget and Jane Miller Ashton"

Marc Forget, Program Associate, QCJJ/CFSC, Calgary & Jane Miller Ashton, Correctional Service of Canada, The Restorative Justice and Dispute Resolution Unit

"Organizer Jamie Scott spoke about where we go from here in implementing Restorative Justice"

Jamie Scott – Where do we go from here?

"Other people at the Symposium commented on the question of whether the public is ready for restorative justice"

"The following people commented on what they personally gained from the symposium"

Rita Scott, Local Director, Probation Family Court Services, Mackenzie B.C. – what I’m taking back

Cecile Toutant, Presidente-elue, Association canadienne de justice penale, Institut Phillipe-Pinel, Montreal

Jane Miller-Ashton

"After several days of deep sharing the conference ended with spiritual prayers."

Conference Closing Ceremony

 

TAPE 31 - FRENCH REFLECTIONS ON THE CONFERENCE unavailable at this time

Guy Villeneuve, Directeur, Centre federal de formation, Service correctionnel du Canada, Laval

Professeure Mylene Jaccoud, Universite de Montreal, Ecole de criminologie

Serge Charbonneau – coordonnateur, Regroupement des organismes de justice alternative du Quebec (ROJAQ), Montreal

Paul Monty, Directeur des Affaires, criminelles et substitut en chef du procureur general, Ministere de la Justice du Quebec

Cecil Toutant, Presidente-elue, Association canadienne de justice penale, Institut Phillipe-Pinel, Montreal

 

CREDITS:

Achieving Satisfying Justice was organized by the Canadian Criminal Justice Association and the International Centre for Criminal Law Reform and Criminal Justice Policy, with the assistance of The Church Council on Justice and Corrections, The Fraser Region Community Justice Initiatives Association, Justice Canada, The Ministry of the Solicitor General, Correctional Service Canada, (particularly The Restorative Justice and Dispute Resolution Unit), The National Parole Board, The Royal Canadian Mounted Police, Alberta Justice, Ministry of the Attorney General of British Columbia, Saskatchewan Justice, Ministere de la Justice, Quebec

Produced by Jim Collins and Robert J. Wilson with narration by Harry Elton and camera work by Peter Warren, Naklik Productions Inc. © 1997 – with special thanks to Jane Miller-Ashton and James Scott.

For more information, contact also the Canadian Criminal Justice Association, 383 Parkdale Avenue, Suite 304, Ottawa, Ontario K1Y 4R4 (613) 725-3715, fax: 725-3720 

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ACHIEVING SATISFYING JUSTICE SYMPOSIUM

LIBRARY TAPES (shipping & handling + 7% GST included) prices in Canadian dollars

UNIT

PRICE

#

TOTAL

1 - THE CHALLENGE BEFORE US – LORRAINE BERZINS

$20.00

   

2 - WILMA DIRKSEN + GLENN FLETT – EXPERIENCES 1&2

$20.00

   

3 - LEE LAKEMAN - EXPERIENCES WITH THE SYSTEM – 3

$20.00

   

4 ANDREJS BERZINS - EXPERIENCES WITH THE SYSTEM - 4

$20.00

   

5 SHARON MCIVOR - EXPERIENCES WITH THE SYSTEM – 5

$20.00

   

6 - DAN VAN NESS – A VALUES FRAMEWORK

$20.00

   

7 - - Jacques Gagne – Services d’Urgence Psychosociale,

Not avail

 

able

8 -ROSEMARY COUCH-RESTORATIVE JUSTICE AT WORK-2

$20.00

   

9 -JAKE BOUWMAN - RESTORATIVE JUSTICE AT WORK - 3

$20.00

   

10 GRAHAM REDDOCH- KAY PRANIS – 4 & 5

$20.00

   

11 - JOY WATERS - RESTORATIVE JUSTICE AT WORK – 6

$20.00

   

12 - SUSAN SAVEREUX –THE NEEDS OF VICTIMS – 1

$20.00

   

13 - WILMA DERKSEN –THE NEEDS OF VICTIMS – 2

$20.00

   

14 - DON THOMPSON - SPEAKER’S CORNER # 1

Not avail

 

able

15 - JONATHAN RUDIN - ABORIGINAL LEGAL SERVICES#2

$20.00

   

16 - MICHAEL PHILLIPS – SPEAKER’S CORNER # 3

$20.00

   

17 - MICHELLE JOUBERT – SPEAKER’S CORNER # 4

$20.00

   

18 - VAL NAPOLEON – SPEAKER’S CORNER # 5

$20.00

   

19 - SGT. JAKE BOUWMAN – SPEAKER’S CORNER # 6

$20.00

   

20 - ROBERT DAVIES – SPEAKER’S CORNER # 7

$20.00

   

21 - KEN ACTON – SPEAKER’S CORNER # 8

$20.00

   

22 - DARREN WINEGARDEN + KATHY LOUIS (.7 hr.)

$25.00

   

23 - .SCOTT CLARK/ JOAN NUFFIELD – RESEARCH&EVAL.

$20.00

   

24 WORKSHOP: YOUTH JUSTICE - JOHN LABATT (1.4 hr.)

$20.00

   

25 WORKSHOP: BUILDING COMMUNITY SUPPORT (1.1 hr)

$30.00

   

26 - UNITY THEATRE DRAMA

Not avail

 

able

27 - PIERRE ALLARD + MICHAEL HADLEY (.6 hr.)

$25.00

   

28 - JURISDICTIONAL ACTION PLANS

$20.00

   

29 - WHERE DO WE GO FROM HERE? HON. JOHN T. NILSON

$20.00

   

30 - REFLECTIONS & CLOSING OF THE CONFERENCE

$20.00

   

31 - FRENCH REFLECTIONS ON THE CONFERENCE

Not avail

 

able

PRICE FOR SET OF ALL AVAILABLE TAPES

$245.00

   

TOTAL:

 

     

 

 

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