2014 CORRECTIONAL MINISTRY SUMMIT
| May 29-31 |Wheaton College, Illinois
RESTORATIVE JUSTICE FORUM – Open to the Public
Thursday, May 29 | Coray Auditorium, Todd Beamer Center
2:00 – 4:30 pm
Restorative Justice International is hosting a forum on restorative justice including a victims panel moderated by Lisa Rea. You will learn about victims-driven restorative justice and how the movement is expanding rapidly in the U.S. and globally. Victims of violent crime from around the United States will tell their stories of how violent crime has impacted their lives. Each victim will discuss the value of restorative justice to them.As we hear from a diverse group of crime victims you will learn about the following topics: 1) questions that go unanswered in the lives of victims, 2) their view of victim-offender dialogue and other restorative justice processes, 3) barriers that might exist prohibiting victims from feeling satisfied with the current justice system and 4) restorative justice and forgiveness—are they the same?These questions and many others will be explored as we grapple together with justice reform based on restorative justice.
Lisa Rea, Founder
Restorative Justice International
Lisa Rea has extensive experience in public policy and legislative advocacy in the U.S. serving on staff for three California state legislators and as consultant and lobbyist in the private and public sectors.
Lisa is a national and international restorative justice expert with 20 years’ experience including 10 years working with victims of violent crime. She served as state director for Justice Fellowship and a consultant to Prison Fellowship International. In 2001, Lisa founded The Justice & Reconciliation Project, JRP, a national nonprofit which organized and educated crime victims about restorative justice. She is the founder and president of Restorative Justice International, RJI, an association and network with over 2500 members and affiliates working to expand the use of victims-driven restorative justice in the U.S. and globally. Lisa is the president of Rea Consulting which provides government relations assistance and restorative justice consulting services.
You can reach Lisa through Restorative Justice International @ email@example.com and via its website: http://restorativejusticeinternational.com or at Rea Consulting @ firstname.lastname@example.org.
Lisa will also moderate a workshop at the Summit on Friday, May 3oth,, 10:00 am: Victims-Driven Restorative Justice: What It’s About and Why It’s So Important to Crime Victims and Offenders. Workshop Schedule >>
Crime Victim Panel Members
Therese Bartholomew – North Carolina – Therese Bartholomew’s documentary, The Final Gift, and book, Coffee Shop God, follow her pursuit to find meaning in her brother’s 2003 murder – and her historic meeting with his killer in a South Carolina prison. Her compelling story is the foundation for her speaking on the topics of faith, forgiveness, and restorative justice. Bartholomew holds a Masters in Criminal Justice; her book and film are used by victims’ organizations, universities and prisons in the U.S, Canada, and Germany.
Jennifer Bishop Jenkins – Illinois – Jennifer Bishop Jenkins is the sister of Nancy Bishop Langert, who along with her husband Richard and their unborn child, were murdered in Winnetka, Illinois in 1990. Inspired by her sister’s dying words of love, Jennifer spent the last two decades advocating for violence prevention and to support crime victims. A retired high school teacher, Jennifer has been working with troubled youth and violent offenders in Restorative Justice programs, advocating for victims’ rights and human rights, and lobbying for gun violence prevention. Jennifer currently serves as Director of Marsy’s Law for Illinois .
Russell Turner – California – Russ Turner is the Director and Founder of Candlelight Foundation based in California which works with grieving families suffering the loss of a child. Russ speaks in support of victim offender dialogue as a part of the restorative process. The loss of Russ’s oldest son, Jeremy, to violent crime was the starting point for this effort. Russ is a graduate of the School of Cinema at the University of Southern California with forty years in the field of Motion Picture and Television as a producer and director of videos and films in the public and private sector.
Cheryl Ward Kaiser – California – Cheryl is a victim of violent crime who has been a leader in California’s restorative justice movement since the 1990s. Her journey began with the murder of her husband and rape of her daughter on June 14, 1991 in Salinas, California. Cheryl was instrumental in the creation of the Monterey County Restorative Justice Commission. She speaks nationally about her support for restorative justice and frequently speaks before youth and adults in custody at youth detention centers and state prisons