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For Immediate Release
October 28, 2009

For more information, contact
Virginia Campbell

Fifth Annual Western New York Restorative Justice Conference at The College at Brockport

Walking after Midnight: Conflict, Community,
and Restorative Justice

Press Release Photo Katy Hutchison, author, speaker, and restorative justice advocate, is keynote speaker at the Fifth Annual Restorative Justice Conference.

Brockport, NY—The College at Brockport Department of Criminal Justice is hosting the Fifth Annual Western New York Restorative Justice Conference October 28 and 29, with featured speakers Katy Hutchison, author, speaker, and restorative justice advocate; and Kathy Buckley, director of Victim Services in the Office of the Victim Advocate, Pennsylvania Department of Corrections.

The conference is cosponsored by the Western New York Restorative Justice Coalition, The College at Brockport, University of Buffalo Law School, and Rochester City School District’s Safe Schools, Healthy Students Initiative. Restorative justice seeks to heal the wounds experienced by crime victims and to foster forgiveness and reconciliation between victims and the person committing the crime against them.

Hutchison, who lost her husband on New Year’s Eve 1997 at the hands of a youth whose anger and violent actions were fueled by alcohol, speaks about forgiveness, compassion and moving forward together to make sense out of a senseless act. Together, Hutchison and the young man responsible for her husband’s death have worked to share their stories and help others to avoid experiencing a tragedy much like theirs. “I was committed to finding the gift inherent in the tragedy that took away my husband,” said Hutchison.

Hutchison speaks primarily in schools and correctional facilities around the world, advising and educating youth about the risks of combining young people, alcohol and lack of supervision.

Buckley has more than 15 years of experience in victim services, including recent projects, such as the Impact of Crime Classes and the OVA’s Mediation Program for Crimes of Severe Violence, which provides an opportunity for victims to meet with their offenders. Her presentation is "What is Restorative Justice? A Perspective from One Victim Advocate."

Service providers from the disciplines of social work, sociology, and criminal justice have come together for the two-day conference to hear the messages of the keynote speakers, engage in conversation regarding all aspects of restorative justice, and participate in individual sessions by experts in the field.

For more information, contact K.S. Kumar, Department of Criminal Justice chair, at (585) 395-2431.

The College at Brockport, State University of New York
350 New Campus Drive * Brockport, New York 14420-2931
(585) 395-2754 * FAX (585) 395-2723 *

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