May 7th 2021 RESTORATIV WEEKLY: Good News from the world of RJ

We like to share good news from the world of RJ and here are three stories that caught our attention this week:

1.  In Vermont, restorative justice under statute may not lead to equitable services

Being in the right state at the right time likely saved Ronald MacKinnon prison time when he made the decision to not seek immediate medical care for his wife.

Debbie MacKinnon, 52, was experiencing what then-71-year-old Ronald had thought was a seizure in the front seat on their drive from Keene to Brattleboro, Vermont, just across the border. He also knew that she had a history of seizures and drug overdoses, which combined with the seizures, “may require emergency medical attention,” he later wrote in a court narrative. But instead of seeking immediate medical care for Debbie, he ordered his daughter not to call 911 and instead pulled the car over to splash water in her face...

2. Restorative Justice in Indian Country

Wellness courts provide an example of how some tribal governments are using indigenous sovereignty to build a community-based justice system, rooted in support and trust rather than punishment.

3. Industry Leading 3PL Provider Partners with Atlanta-Based Restorative Justice Program to Reduce Recidivism Rates

BlueGrace Logistics (BlueGrace), a hypergrowth, third-party logistics provider (3PL) today announced their partnership with Atlanta-based non-profit, Rehabilitation Enables Dreams (RED). This collaboration is BlueGrace’s latest addition to their Diversity and Inclusion Initiative, which began in 2020 as an internal training program for employees and has since developed into the Diversity and Inclusion Council and Business Research Groups to serve as a source of insight, growth, and development for BlueGrace employees.

“Teaming up with RED seems like a natural progression in our efforts to expand community outreach and increase our presence where we feel we can make an immediate impact,” said Erica Orr, Director of Procurement and Co-Chair of the D&I Council at BlueGrace.