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BBA Webinar: Restorative Justice: A New (Old) Way to Address Crime – A Multipart Introduction

Tuesday, April 6, 2021 4:00 PM to 5:00 PM


The BBA presents live webinars and virtual events via Zoom. Please register for this program through your BBA account at least two hours before the start time of the program to receive the Zoom webinar link. 

This is the third session of a multi-part program designed for anyone interested in learning more about restorative justice. This session will feature Cristina Rodrigues, a staff attorney in the Public Defender Division of the Committee for Public Counsel Services (CPCS), and Ziyad Hopkins, a staff attorney in CPCS’s Youth Advocacy Division. 

Ms. Rodrigues and Mr. Hopkins will discuss restorative justice in the Massachusetts juvenile and adult criminal legal systems based on their perspectives as defense attorneys.  They will address the uses of restorative justice, its availability, and its potential benefits, as well as concerns associated with defendants’ participation in restorative justice programs, particularly before conviction.  Mr. Hopkins will further discuss what we can learn from his Fulbright Fellowship studying restorative justice in the New Zealand juvenile system.


View our previous Restorative Justice sessions:

There is an 8-minute, on-demand, introductory video by Georgia Critsley, an attorney and Adjunct Professor at Suffolk University. You can view the recording here  .

The first session, the first half hour of which is available on demand, featured Susan Maze-Rothstein, co-Director, Center for Restorative Justice at Suffolk University, and Janet Connors, a nationally renowned restorative justice practitioner who herself engaged in a type of restorative justice after her son was murdered. You can find the recording here .

The second session featured Kim Odom, co-pastor at True Vine Church in Boston and BEC, Equity & Inclusion Unit Coordinator at The City of Boston. Kim spoke about Restorative Justice from the perspective of someone who was harmed, what the legal system would call a victim. You can find the recording here .

Additional dates, times, and speakers will be announced shortly. Participants can attend any or all of the sessions. Sign up now to receive updates.

BBA Webinars &  Virtual Events are supported by the Joan B. DiCola Fund. To learn more or support this fund, click here .


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