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21 Feb 2020, 11:48

Missio JPIC

The National Council of Justice (CNJ), through the Justice Present program , signed a partnership with the Human Rights and Popular Education Center of Campo Limpo (CDHEP) to promote Restorative Justice actions in 10 courts in the country throughout 2020. The action will support local courts to structure restorative centers that serve the criminal justice system and the juvenile and socio-educational justice system, collaborating for the peaceful resolution of conflicts and for the reduction of overcrowding of the population deprived of liberty in Brazil, which today occupies the third position in the world.

The initiative will be developed in the courts of Justice of Acre, Alagoas, Amapá, Ceará, Paraíba, Piauí, Roraima and Rondônia, as well as in the Federal Regional Court of the 3rd Region (Mato Grosso do Sul and São Paulo) - the validation of the tenth court must occur this week. The choice of units met objective criteria, aiming to serve the states with more incipient initiatives, considering the degree of development of restorative actions in each location, the existence of regulations to guide the work, availability of staff and the number of coverage areas and respective areas. Subsidies for selection were provided by the Mapping of Restorative Justice Programs , carried out by the CNJ Restorative Justice Steering Committee in 2019.

According to the coordinator of the CNJ's Management Committee for Restorative Justice, counselor Luiz Fernando Keppen, the work of the Present Justice shows the priority that the theme has in the Judiciary. “It is with joy and enthusiasm that, when we assume the national coordination of Restorative Justice at CNJ, we announce the organization of a training course for trainers to operate with selected courts. Costed by the CNJ, a fact that shows how relevant the theme is, the course aims to be a milestone for the development of restorative policy, by providing support and training to courts, so that they can internally organize their restorative justice programs. I am convinced that this course will result in a multiplicity of benefits and at the end we will receive reports with the results that each court obtained. This will allow us to evaluate,

The initiative will establish and qualify local teams with ongoing training processes and collaborate to strengthen partner networks for the development of Restorative Justice practices. Case studies, training and supervision of teams and the monitoring of results will also be promoted, with a focus on raising awareness among key actors such as magistrates, prosecutors and defenders and also on the sustainability of actions.

The action is part of the Present Justice program, a partnership started in January 2019 between the CNJ and the United Nations Development Program (UNDP), with support from the Ministry of Justice and Public Security, to overcome structural problems in the prison and socio-educational system . The allocation of consultants to the selected courts will be preceded by a national training stage in March, which will also bring together employees assigned by the Courts and other professionals appointed by the CNJ.

Alternatives

For the coordinator of the Department of Monitoring and Inspection of the Prison System and the System for the Execution of Socio-Educational Measures of the CNJ (DMF / CNJ), Luís Geraldo Lanfredi, the action represents a new step towards facing the unconstitutional state of affairs in our prisons. by the Federal Supreme Court. “The spread of Restorative Justice practices contributes to the construction of a more peaceful society. It is quite clear that prison as the only form of accountability has not met expectations of a reduction in violence and insecurity. When the Judiciary has the courage to take other paths, seeking the root of conflicts and positively involving the parties, it contributes to a culture of peace. ”

Coordinator of the UNDP Peace and Governance Unit, Moema Freire explains that the Restorative Justice proposes to redefine the processes of justice realization, privileging the dialogue between the parties involved in the conflict and seeking satisfactory and more lasting solutions. “There is an important contribution to the construction of social pacification and the promotion of coexistence. Within the scope of the Present Justice, we will carry out an innovative support initiative with the Courts and we believe that the results will provide a new front of Restorative Justice in the country with the methodologies that will be systematized and tested. ”

The coordinator of Restorative Justice at the CDHEP, Petronella Maria Boonen, highlights the innovative character of the methodology in covering cases of criminal justice and the penal system. “One of the keys to the project that begins is to reduce incarceration, which can be a thorny and complicated issue for the law, but, in the human aspect, it needs to be addressed. We need to create alternatives ”, he says. “CDHEP and CNJ, together with UNDP, will be in dialogue with each Court. As a civil society organization, the challenge is to be able to share our experience and thus strengthen the performance of the Courts. ”

Judicial policy

The action developed by the Justiça Presente program also complies with the national policy instituted by the CNJ's Restorative Justice Management Committee and Resolution No. 225/2016 , which sets out the guidelines for the Judiciary's actions in the area. According to the regulations, Restorative Justice “is constituted as an orderly and systemic set of principles, methods, techniques and own activities, aimed at raising awareness about the relational, institutional and social factors that motivate conflicts and violence, and through from which conflicts that generate damage, concrete or abstract, are resolved in a structured way ”.

Restorative practices focus on meeting the needs of the parties involved, active accountability of those who contributed to the occurrence of the harmful event and the empowerment of the community, “highlighting the need to repair the damage and recover the social fabric broken by the conflict and its implications for the future ”. Among the principles that guide Restorative Justice are co-responsibility, damage repair, meeting the needs of everyone involved, informality, voluntariness, impartiality, participation, empowerment, consensuality, confidentiality, speed and urbanity.

The role of the Present Justice in the theme will involve different methodologies, such as the Victim-Offender-Community Restorative Conference, better known as VOC, as well as Circular Peacebuilding Processes and Family Group Conference. In common, they all involve the participation of the offender and the victim, as well as the families of those involved and other members of the community.

Iuri Tôrres
CNJ News Agency
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