sentencing circle


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sentencing circle

n
a method of dispensing justice amongst native Canadian peoples involving discussion between offenders, victims, and members of the community
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Canada's residential schools had so deracinated two generations of the James Bay Cree that there was almost no cultural fabric left from which to derive the moral authority for the sentencing circle sanctions.
14) There was a full-fledged sentencing circle held on November 2007 in PEI.
The decision came after a sentencing circle recommended Pauchay serve his sentence in the community along with spiritual guidance and healing.
74) The sentencing circle has two purposes: to promote "the community healing process by providing a forum for the community to address the parties of the victimization," and to allow the courts to hear directly from everyone affected by the crime.
Bazemore and Umbreit (2001) outlined a five-step procedure of sentencing circles that included (a) application of the offender to participate in the process, (b) participation of the victim in a healing circle, (c) participation of the offender in a healing circle, (d) a sentencing plan developed by the sentencing circle members, and (e) follow-up circles to ensure compliance to the plan.
A conference or sentencing circle puts the offender's behavior under the scrutiny of family and community and inevitably involves shame.
In one instance, an Inuit woman was seated in a sentencing circle along with her husband, who had been charged with assaulting her.
Generally speaking, the book's three sections explore the delivery of justice in Inuit communities in Nunavik (northern Quebec), the problem of family violence in these communities, and the success of the first sentencing circle in Nunavik.
Nearly a year later and after careful and heavily scrutinized deliberation, provincial court Judge Barry Morgan allowed Pauchay to face a sentencing circle in lieu of a trial.
He was bothered by some homeless Aboriginal men, who were laughing at someone who had to sit with a council of Elders in a sentencing circle.
When Hubert O'Connor, a BC bishop, was convicted of sexual assault he was eventually offered a sentencing circle, as though by raping the young Aboriginal women, he had himself become Aboriginal.
Finally, he related his personal experience with a sentencing circle in North Minneapolis.