2013: Restorative Justice Project in India(Phase Two)
For the Winter/Spring Semester beginning in early January 2013, Price will be serving as a Visiting Professor, teaching Restorative Justice at the National Academy of Legal Studies and Research (NALSAR). This is a wonderful opportunity and a great honor because NALSAR is the top-ranked law school in the country, viewed as "the Harvard Law School of India." With NALSAR as his institutional foundation, Price believes he will be able to raise Restorative Justice to a level of visibility and credibility not previously possible in India. He intends to develop a program of court-based and prison-based internships where his students can make a real difference. In India, it is common for (poor) people accused of a serious crime to be in jail for as much as 10 - 20 years waiting for a trial! Meanwhile the victims and their loved ones, as well as the loved ones of the accused are all waiting for justice. Price finds this to be is an outrageous situation and he believes that Restorative Justice and student lawyers can be part of the solution.
With NALSAR, Price plans to organize regional conferences and speak at a national conference to introduce Restorative Justice to High Court justices, district judges, prosecutors, defense attorneys and other criminal justice professionals. He will also deliver guest lectures at other Indian law schools and universities.
Professor Price doe not have a Fuibright Scholarship for the Restorative Justice Project in India this year, as he did in 2012. NALSAR will provide him with institutional support for his work, room and board, a modest honorarium and air fare within India. The school cannot pay for his international transportation and other related expenses which are expected to total more than $3,000. Price seeks donations to help cover these costs. If you feel called to contribute to this transformative work, your donation of any amount will be greatly appreciated.Please contribute to the Restorative Justice Project in India 2013
The Restorative Justice Project and Project Trust in India, 2012
The National Law Universities of India
The Fulbright Commission, Council for the International Exchange of Scholars,
United States Department of State
The International Foundation for Research and Education on Depression (iFred.org)
Overview of the Restorative Justice Project and Project Trust
The Restorative Justice Project in India, conducted as a Fulbright Senior Specialist, was a six month project to introduce Restorative Justice as a framework for criminal law reform, alternatives to incarceration and re-examining the death penalty in three of the National Law Universities of India (there are fourteen) as well as in the criminal justice system.
The Restorative Justice Project in India
The Project included teaching culturally appropriate undergraduate and post-graduate courses, training faculty and presenting regional conferences for judges, prosecutors, attorneys, corrections officials, counselors and other professionals concerned with criminal justice, crime victims and offenders, as well as community leaders and concerned community members.
With a long-term goal of establishing a nation-wide Restorative Justice movement with a network of active programs sponsored and supported by the National Law Universities, the courses and conferences resulted in:
- The establishment of a Restorative Justice student organization in three of the National Law Universities of India
- A number of undergraduate and post-graduate law students each adopting a particular aspect of Restorative Justice as the subject of end-semester research papers, masters' theses and Ph.D. dissertations, respectively
- Broad-based professional education and networking for collaboration at the 1st National Restorative Justice Conference, which was attended by about two hundred criminal justice professional practitioners and academics from many parts of India
Overview of Project Trust
"Hurt people hurt other people." Most offenders have been victims at some time in their lives, often suffering from undiagnosed depression and often leading to self-destructive behavior including criminal acts. Crimes from the least severe to the most heinous have broad impacts for victims, their loved ones, friends, neighbors and community. These commonly include a loss of trust in their safety and security. Not surprisingly, depression is one of the most common reactions to victimization.
Urban India is in the process of adopting Western lifestyles that include high-tech industrialization, excessive working hours, oppressive working conditions and a high level of materialism. Not surprisingly, depression is becoming widespread in urban India.
Educate about depression and about the relationship between depression, trust, criminal behavior and victimization as an essential component of the activities of the Restorative Justice Project in India
Distribute iFred brochures and Project Trust brochures; refer to www.iFred.org for additional information about depression and about Project Trust
Getting the word out
Blog postings and Facebook postings about the events of the trip and the Projects, sharing learning, personal growth experiences and cultural awakenings about India and the people of India, particularly as related to the Projects
Posting of photo-essays about Life, Justice, Injustice, and Transformation in India
The links to the four 15-minute segments of a one-hour online radio interview about Restorative Justice and the Project in India:
Blogs from India:
Restorative Justice Project in India: Life, Justice, Injustice and Transformation
Depression, Crime and Restorative Justice in India
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