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Young offenders benefit from restorative justice in Limerick

first_imgby Alan [email protected] up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up A STUDY of Le Chéile’s Restorative Justice Project in Limerick has shown that restorative justice should be a preferred option for young offenders.Ireland’s first and only non-statutory youth restorative justice service provides a range of services to young people who have been involved in crime and are engaged with the Probation Service.The study carried out by Quality Matters found significant benefits not only for young people but also for the families and the victims of crime. The evaluation revealed that young people displayed a significant increase in empathy towards victims after engaging with the project, as well as better family relationships and less contact with the Gardaí and court system.Parents also reported positive outcomes for family life and improved relationships while victims of crime found that restorative justice (RJ) was a far better experience than the traditional criminal justice system. They stated that by participating in the project, they had a meaningful voice and found it more respectful and inclusive than the traditional court process.The project, established in 2010, works with young people on probation using a range of RJ models including face-to-face meetings, proxy victims, victim empathy programmes, and reparation.  The RJ project is part of Le Chéile Mentoring & Youth Justice Support Services, which provides volunteer mentoring as well as RJ, and family support services to young people who offend. Previous articleLimerick Council hears passionate call for marriage equalityNext articleMajor rally against water charges planned for Limerick Alan Jacqueshttp://www.limerickpost.ie WATCH: “Everyone is fighting so hard to get on” – Pat Ryan on competitive camogie squads TAGSLe Chéile’s Restorative Justice ProjectlimerickProbation ServiceQuality Matters Limerick’s National Camogie League double header to be streamed live Twitter Predictions on the future of learning discussed at Limerick Lifelong Learning Festival Advertisement Facebook Linkedincenter_img Limerick Artist ‘Willzee’ releases new Music Video – “A Dream of Peace” RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR WhatsApp Print Vanishing Ireland podcast documenting interviews with people over 70’s, looking for volunteers to share their stories NewsLocal NewsYoung offenders benefit from restorative justice in LimerickBy Alan Jacques – January 30, 2015 1053 Email Limerick Ladies National Football League opener to be streamed livelast_img read more

Comptroller of the Currency Discusses Progress Made Toward Rehabilitating Urban Communities

first_img Comptroller of the Currency Discusses Progress Made Toward Rehabilitating Urban Communities The Week Ahead: Nearing the Forbearance Exit 2 days ago About Author: Brian Honea Community Rehabilitation Community Revitalization Comptroller of the Currency OCC Ohio 2015-09-11 Brian Honea Previous: U.S. Rep. Duffy Says Financial Reform Attempts Have Failed America Next: Revenue Remains Constrained for Banks in Q2 Despite Record Earnings Home / Daily Dose / Comptroller of the Currency Discusses Progress Made Toward Rehabilitating Urban Communities Data Provider Black Knight to Acquire Top of Mind 2 days ago September 11, 2015 884 Views Servicers Navigate the Post-Pandemic World 2 days ago  Print This Post Share Save Brian Honea’s writing and editing career spans nearly two decades across many forms of media. He served as sports editor for two suburban newspaper chains in the DFW area and has freelanced for such publications as the Yahoo! Contributor Network, Dallas Home Improvement magazine, and the Dallas Morning News. He has written four non-fiction sports books, the latest of which, The Life of Coach Chuck Curtis, was published by the TCU Press in December 2014. A lifelong Texan, Brian received his master’s degree from Amberton University in Garland. Data Provider Black Knight to Acquire Top of Mind 2 days ago Sign up for DS News Daily center_img Tagged with: Community Rehabilitation Community Revitalization Comptroller of the Currency OCC Ohio Comptroller of the Currency Thomas Curry, addressing the City Club of Cleveland Wednesday, spoke on banks striking a balance between ensuring safety and soundness through proper risk controls while leaving room for innovative financing that can help revitalize communities.Urban stabilization and revitalization have long been at the top of the OCC’s national agenda, Curry said, and Cleveland and other Midwestern cities have seen their share of foreclosures, shuttered manufacturers, and population outflow during and since the financial crisis.”We know that it takes imagination, innovation, resourcefulness, and persistence to truly transform a city. It also takes a huge investment of financial resources,” Curry said. “As a regulator, I am deeply interested in the role that our financial institutions are playing, and must continue to play, in the revival of America’s cities.”Curry said that the banking system has “significantly recovered” from the economic calamity the nation suffered from 2007 to 2009.”There are many reasons for this, including an enhanced regulatory regime that holds banks to higher standards of risk management and corporate behavior,” he said. “Bankers today are focused on finding ways to show they can be profitable and responsible. And, in cities across America, and especially in places where the housing recovery is still lagging, bankers’ efforts are producing real results.”Curry cited as one examples of this the Cleveland community of Slavic Village, which was widely reported to have recorded more foreclosures than anywhere else in the nation in 2007 at the beginning of the crisis. An OCC-supervised institution has led the way in recovery by investing in community organizations. Another example is the Greater University Circle Initiative, which has “leveraged the combined efforts of area universities, museums, and hospitals, is another fine example of the public-private partnerships that are needed to carry out comprehensive strategies,” Curry said.The problem of foreclosures and abandoned properties has persisted in Cleveland and many Midwestern cities, and one way this problem is being addressed is through the land bank movement, Curry said. The land bank is a non-profit, government-affiliated entity which has adopted several strategies to acquire and dispose of foreclosed and abandoned properties.”We know that it takes imagination, innovation, resourcefulness, and persistence to truly transform a city. It also takes a huge investment of financial resources.””(The land bank) partnered with a local university to develop a data tool that now aids in the decision making about which neighborhoods and properties to target for rehabilitation or stabilization,” Curry said. “Some 60 percent of the land bank’s properties are beyond repair and are slated for demolition. In many cases, banks are paying for the demolition cost on properties they donate so the Land Bank does not have to absorb that expense.”The land bank has developed a creative housing program to foster homeownership for properties that can be rehabilitated, Curry said.A lack of credit access has been a concern in many cities, including Cleveland, since the crisis, according to Curry. He said, however, the issue of a lack of credit access “arises in part from certain misconceptions about supervisory standards and expectations.” Curry  said the OCC has raised expectations regarding credit underwriting and loan portfolio management since the crisisOCC has raised its expectations regarding credit underwriting and loan portfolio management since the end of the financial crisis, but in some of the hardest-hit communities or communities with low-valued properties, the OCC’s supervisory policies might present challenges in the lending process. That process becomes further complicated when these properties need substantial renovation, which must also be financed, in order for the properties to be habitable.”We have tried to address these concerns by pointing out that the supervisory standards discussing the 90 percent loan-to-value limit for residential lending do not create an ironclad ban on lending above that limit, even if there are no credit enhancements. Indeed, the standards acknowledge that lending above that limit in excess of supervisory loan-to-value expectations can be consistent with safe and sound lending practices in specified circumstances, provided that banks maintain appropriate controls and otherwise comply with applicable law, regulation, guidance, and the bank’s own policies and procedures,” Curry said. The Best Markets For Residential Property Investors 2 days ago Related Articles in Daily Dose, Featured, Foreclosure, News Demand Propels Home Prices Upward 2 days ago Governmental Measures Target Expanded Access to Affordable Housing 2 days ago Servicers Navigate the Post-Pandemic World 2 days ago The Best Markets For Residential Property Investors 2 days ago Governmental Measures Target Expanded Access to Affordable Housing 2 days ago Demand Propels Home Prices Upward 2 days ago Subscribelast_img read more

Government Will Continue to Strengthen and Modernise Justice System

first_img For the 2018/19 fiscal year, the Government will continue to strengthen and modernise the justice system. For the 2018/19 fiscal year, the Government will continue to strengthen and modernise the justice system.Governor-General, His Excellency the Most Hon. Sir Patrick Allen, provided details during his 2018/19 Throne Speech in Parliament on February 15.“The Administration has already indicated that the Legislative and Constitutional Reform Programme is among the seven priority programmes and projects set out in the Ministry of Justice’s Strategic Business Plan 2018-2021 and Operational Plan 2018/19,” he said.The Governor-General said the legislative agenda will include the Authentication (Foreign Public Documents) Bill 2017, which allows for Jamaica to accede to the United Nations Convention that will allow public documents from Jamaica to be accepted in other countries.He said the Statutory Review of the Sexual Offences Act; the Constitution (Amendment) (Appointment of Additional Judges) Act, 2017 and Judicature (Parish Courts) (Amendment) Act, 2017, which aim to amend the Constitution to enable the retention of retired judges on a fixed-term basis; and the Judicature (Resident Magistrates) (Amendment) Bill and Judicature (Appellate Jurisdiction) (Amendment) Bill, which allow the prosecution to have a limited right of appeal, will also be brought to the House.The Governor-General said the Administration’s programme will contribute to the achievement of a modernised justice system, which Jamaicans deserve, starting with reducing the backlog of indictments and summary matters in the Parish Courts, improving the delivery of justice services in eight additional parishes through Justice Centres by 2019, and establishing the single anti-corruption agency.“The Justice Ministry will also work with the courts and the Ministry of Finance and the Public Service to increase the number of staff in the courts, to increase efficiency and effectiveness,” he said.The Throne Speech was delivered under the theme ‘Continuing on the Path to Prosperity’. The Governor-General said the legislative agenda will include the Authentication (Foreign Public Documents) Bill 2017, which allows for Jamaica to accede to the United Nations Convention that will allow public documents from Jamaica to be accepted in other countries. “The Administration has already indicated that the Legislative and Constitutional Reform Programme is among the seven priority programmes and projects set out in the Ministry of Justice’s Strategic Business Plan 2018-2021 and Operational Plan 2018/19,” he said. Story Highlightslast_img read more