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Lorenn Walker & Ted Sakai

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Chapter 18: Restorative Justice Skills Building for Incarcerated People

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Restorative Justice Skills Building for Incarcerated People
Restorative justice skills building for incarcerated people
LorennWalker and TedSakai

Restorative justice uses behavioral, cognitive, and emotional skills that help people communicate about and cope with difficulties easier. Skills include listening, using precise language to concretely describe experiences and goals, and understanding how emotions and thinking affect situations. These skills are normally taught to restorative justice facilitators but can also be taught to incarcerated people for their benefit. Called Restorative Justice as a Solution-Focused Approach to Conflict and Wrongdoing the training program described here is provided over 12 weeks. Lorenn Walker developed and implemented the program for incarcerated people at the suggestion of Waiawa Correctional Facility (WCF) prison staff. Ted Sakai, MBA, is director of the Hawai'i Department of Public ...

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