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
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
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.