National Leaders to Speak to Restorative Justice

Spalding University, the Kentucky Center for Restorative Justice and Children’s Law Center present “Restorative Practices: A Statewide Symposium Training Leaders to Implement Restorative Practices for Youth” from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on October 10 at the Spalding University Center building (824 S. Fourth St.) This event features speakers Ted Wachtel, educator and founder of the International Institute of Restorative Practice (IIRP) and Sujatha Balinga, director of the Restorative Justice Project for the National Council for Crime and Deliquency.

“As an extension of Spalding’s commitment as a compassionate university, we are pleased to host leaders in the fields of education, juvenile justice and public policy around the issue of restorative justice and the best ways to implement it in our community,” says Tori Murden McClure, president of Spalding University.

This symposium will open a dialogue on restorative practices—a multi-disciplinary approach to foster and restore healthy relationships and to build civic participation and strong communities and schools. Specifically, organizers of this event aim to focus on strategies that look deeper into issues of adolescent misconduct and crime in order to better understand motivations, to heal relationships and prevent children from being lost in the criminal justice system.

“It is just as important to teach our children good, enduring values as it is to teach them the basic academics of reading, writing and arithmetic,” says Rebecca Ballard DiLoreto, litigation director at Children’s Law Center. “Restorative justice is about teaching those values, making decisions as a community about how to address wrongdoing and then taking the steps required to carry out a plan of accountability designed to redress the harm, heal those who were hurt and allow the wrongdoer to restore herself or himself so that she or he might rejoin the community as an outstanding citizen or future leader.”

The event cost is $15 per person and includes a continental breakfast and lunch. Seating is limited; interested participants should register online.