Roundtable Breakfast - Urban Peacemaking: The Red Hook Community Justice Experience in Brooklyn

  • Thu, December 05, 2013
  • 8:00 AM - 10:00 AM
  • John Jay College of Criminal Justice: 524 West 59th Street, Room 630, NYC

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The Association for Conflict Resolution
of Greater New York
and
The CUNY Dispute Resolution Center at John Jay College

Monthly

NYC-DR Roundtable Breakfast


Urban Peacemaking: The Red Hook Community Justice Experience in Brooklyn

 

Coleta Walker


Peacemaking is a traditional Native American approach to justice that focuses on healing and restoration rather than punishment. Although peacemaking varies across Native American tribes, it generally brings together the disputants, along with family members, friends, and other members of the community to speak about how the event, crime, or crisis affected each person. The goal of peacemaking is not only to resolve the immediate dispute, but also to heal the relationships among those involved and restore balance to the community.

The Center for Court Innovation peacemaking program is being piloted at the Red Hook Community Justice Center, in Brooklyn, New York. Conceived by the Center’s Tribal Justice Exchange, the peacemaking program uses traditional Native American practices to resolve disputes that originate in either the justice system (in the form of a court case) or in the community. Peacemaking sessions, which are facilitated by trained peacemakers from the community, are designed to enable those affected by the dispute to “talk it out” and reach a consensus agreement for restitution and repair. In court-referred cases, the agreement is put on the record in court. Depending on the unique circumstances of each case, one or more peacemaking sessions may be required to reach a consensus agreement. This session will discuss in detail the program and its operations.


Coleta Walker is the peacemaking program coordinator at the Red Hook Community Justice Center. In this capacity, Ms. Walker assists with implementation of the peacemaking program and helps oversee its day-to-day operations. Before joining the Center, Ms. Walker was an art therapist for five years at Rikers Island Correctional Facility. She also provided art therapy to at-risk youth ages 13-18 at the Brunswick Psychiatric Hospital, and has volunteered with victims of domestic violence, providing therapy to both women and children of abuse. She currently volunteers at the Brookville Center for Children Services, working with children from ages 3-5 with autism and special needs. Ms. Walker received her B.A. from the University of North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University and her Master’s degree from Long Island University Post.



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