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14 Mar 2017

Narrating stories of desistance: Pathways to and from criminality in the lives of prolific male offenders

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Come and Join Damon’s MA Thesis Defence. Below is the abstract:

Recent research and theory suggest that human agency and identity change are key factors that drive desistance from crime.  However, precisely how offenders exercise agency and work towards a prosocial identity in the face of myriad structural barriers is an issue not yet settled.  Further, the role of formal corrections in identity change and fostering capabilities to be agentic is not yet clear.  This study explored these issues through a grounded theory analysis of data obtained from interviews with eleven once-prolific male offenders who had since given up crime.  Results indicate that these men made a rational choice to give up crime and subsequently made agentic moves to change themselves and their surroundings.  While formal correctional programming did not seem to play a large part in these changes, participants described more informal programs as beneficial.  Recommendations for correctional policy are discussed in light of these findings.

  • Date: April 13, 2017
  • Time: 10:00am
  • Room: SWH 10121 (Faculty Conference Room)
  • SFU Burnaby Campus, School of Criminology, 8888 University Drive, Burnaby, BC
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5 Mar 2017

Workshop on Prison Outreach for Muslim Inmates – March 18

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The Muslim Food Bank and Community Services (MFBCS) is hosting a comprehensive workshop on Prison Outreach for Muslim Inmates on March 18th.
The Prison Outreach Program of MFBCS aims to help fill the emotional and spiritual needs of Muslim inmates in the Lower Mainland. Program facilitators engage inmates in social-emotional learning in a manner that is culturally relevant to their background and faith. The program is grounded in restorative justice principles, seeking to promote responsibility, empowerment and reintegration.  Please RSVP at bassam@muslimfoodbank.com to confirm your seat. For more information click here
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2 Mar 2017

Restorative Justice and Children’s Rights (March 8)

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Day and time: March 8, 2017 5:30 – 8:30pm

Venue: : Simon Fraser University Surrey Campus (250-13450 102nd Ave)

Please RSVP by March 7th to dmeier@pcrs.ca

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5 Jan 2017

Lillooet Restorative Justice Program Coordinator Position Available!

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The Restorative Justice Program Coordinator is responsible for the coordination of the Lillooet Restorative Justice Program, including supervision of volunteers, administrative processes, working with the RCMP, St’át’imc Tribal Police (STP) and other referring agencies, as well as monitoring and evaluating the program. It is a part time position based in the Lillooet Learns office, under the direction of the Lillooet Learning Communities Society (LLCS) Board of Directors. For more information see the job description Job Poster

Please send a CV and a covering letter explaining your interest in the position to: Lillooet Learns PO Box 588 Lillooet, BC V0K 1V0 or by email to admin@lillooetlearns.ca Only short listed candidates will be contacted. Closing date: when position filled.

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30 Oct 2016

Joint Rupert Ross on Nov. 3 at SFU Burnaby Campus at 3:30 pm

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RUPERT ROSS is a retired assistant Crown Attorney for the District of Kenora, Ontario. Starting in 1985, he conducted criminal prosecutions for more than twenty remote Ojibway and Cree First Nations communities in northwestern Ontario.ross-poster-returning-to-the-teachings-fall-page-001

His first book, Dancing with a Ghost, started his exploration of aboriginal visions of existence and became a bestseller. His second book, Returning to the Teachings, was also a bestseller and examined the aboriginal preference for the “peacemaker justice” he observed during a three-year secondment with Justice Canada. Both books were shortlisted for the Gordon Montour Award for the best Canadian non-fiction book on social issues, and are presently used in universities and colleges across North America.

Following his retirement, Ross was awarded the prestigious 2011 National Prosecution Award for Humanitarianism, and the Ontario Crown Attorneys Association has created an award named after him. For more information, click here

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25 Oct 2016

An Evening celebrating Restorative Action with Community Justice Initiatives

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You are invited to join in celebrating CJI’s
Restorative Action Program in Langley Schools.

Friday, November 4th, 2016
Newlands Golf and Country Club

21025 48th Avenue, Langley

For more information, click here. 

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25 Oct 2016

North Shore Restorative Justice’s Annual Gala on Saturday, November 5, 2016

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The North Shore Restorative Justice Society’s Annual Fundraisinggala2016 Gala is coming up! It will be held on Saturday, November 5th, 2016 at the Seymour Golf and Country Club in North Vancouver. For more information, click here.

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25 Oct 2016

The Power of a Riot: Justice, Identity and Belonging on Fri, 28 Oct 2016 12:30 PM at SFU Vancouver at Harbour Centre

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25 Oct 2016

Join Stephen Reicher on Thursday, Oct.27 2016 at SFU Burnaby Campus

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Click here for more reicher-poster-returning.  Professor Reicher’s work particularly focuses on the relationship between social identities and collective mobilisation, with emphasis on topics such as crowd behaviour, nationalism and national identity, leadership and mass social influence, conformity and obedience, and the psychology of tyranny and terrorism. He is also a Fellow of the Royal Society of Edinburgh, a Fellow of the Academy of Social Sciences, and a scientific consultant to Scientific American Mind.

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20 Sep 2016

Join Michael Nicoll Yahgulanaas on Thursday, September 22, 2016 at SFU Burnaby Campus

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Michael Nicoll Yahgulanaas
Award-winning visual contemporary Haida artist, author, and professional speaker
Thursday, September 22, 2016, 3:30–5:30 pm
Leslie & Gordon Diamond Family Auditorium, Convocation Mall, Burnaby campus.

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