Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Correction



November 12, 1999

Corrections Department Builds Awareness for Restorative Justice

(Columbus)--- A statewide teleconference will kick off the Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Correction’s (DRC) involvement in Restorative Justice Week to be held November 14-20, 1999. Restorative Justice Week is an annual event celebrated by a growing number of diverse groups worldwide, ranging from Canada to South Africa. The overarching purpose of Restorative Justice is to restore communities and victims by repairing the harm done by crime. The basic tenets of restorative justice are victim input and participation in the justice system, community partnerships and offender accountability.

"The Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Correction became involved in restorative (or community) justice in the spring of 1997 when we convened the Community Justice Cabinet," says DRC Director Reginald A. Wilkinson. "As the repository and ‘last chance stop’ for offenders, we were excited to join this exciting grass roots movement. The cabinet supports the work of five councils working in the areas of: victims and their advocates, local programs, parole and probation, the prisons and DRC staff. Council members have developed cutting-edge projects such as victim offender dialogue, parole and police officer partnerships, service learning for offenders, resources for staff victimized by crime, courses on restorative justice for our employees and much more. We also developed a network of community justice liaisons comprising each prison and Adult Parole Authority (APA) region to support those efforts."

"The Restorative Justice Teleconference (November 15, 1999) will give prison and APA staff the opportunity to talk about their projects and share ideas," said DRC community justice coordinator Julie Halyama. "DRC employees can ‘attend’ the teleconference via existing prison and APA teleconferencing sites."

Other DRC Restorative Justice events include:

For more information contact the DRC Public Information Office at (614) 752-1150.