Radio interviews with Judge Merton B. Tice, Jr.

Judge Merton B. Tice, Jr., who retired from the 7th Circuit in Rapid City, will talk about Restorative Justice tomorrow (Thursday, Nov. 4th) at noon central time on South Dakota Public Radio’s Dakota Midday show, with host Paul Guggenheimer.

At 4:30 p.m. Friday, November 5th, he will be on KSOO’s (1140 AM) Viewpoint University with Rick Knobe and Ruth.

Tune in and get a preview of Judge Tice’s passion for restorative justice!

Here’s some background for the Judge Tice interview:

About Judge Tice

Judge Merton B. Tice, Jr. served as a 7th Circuit Judge from its creation in 1975 until his retirement in January 2010. Before that, he was a Rapid City Municipal Judge and a deputy State’s Attorney for Pennington County.  He was instrumental in the 1997 establishment of the Center for Restorative Justice in Rapid City http://www.cfrj.org/index.html.  He will speak at the annual fundraising dinner of RESTORE, to be held at 6 p.m., Friday, November 5th at the Old Courthouse Museum in Sioux Falls.  His address is titled, “Restorative Justice: Tough on Crime – The Pennington County Experience.”  Tickets are $25 per person, and are available at (605) 338-6020.

Link to Rapid City Journal article published upon his retirement: http://www.rapidcityjournal.com/news/article_d5959a9c-c4fe-11de-aa04-001cc4c03286.html

About RESTORE http://www.restore-sd.org/

For almost 20 years the Victim-Offender Reconciliation Program (VORP) of Southeastern South Dakota, has been providing victims, offenders, and other affected members to be directly involved in responding to crime and conflict.  Renamed Restore and based in Sioux Falls, its current director is John Gehm, Ph.D., who has been involved with Restorative Practices since the 1980s. Following reorganization and a name change, Restore received first year funding from the Sioux Empire United Way through the Community Impact competitive grant program focused on assisting new and innovative community based programs which focus on a specific, high-priority need.

About Restorative Justice/Restorative Practices

Restorative Justice is a philosophy that focuses on the harm caused by crime, rather than just the legal violation of laws and rules.  Restorative Justice encourages accountability, works to repair harm done to the victim, and promotes safe and secure communities, by reducing rates of reoffending.  Victim-offender mediation programs, which facilitate voluntary meetings between victims and offenders to provide closure for the victim and accountability from the offender,  have been endorsed by the American Bar Association since 1994.   Link to Wikipedia article: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Restorative_justice

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