Media advisory: Moderated forum on how communities should reduce violence set for March 9

University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa
Dolores Foley, (808) 956-2780
Associate Professor, Social Sciences, Urban and Regional Planning
Posted: Mar 1, 2017

 A Moderated Deliberative Forum on  "Safety and Justice: How Should Communities Reduce Violence?"
A Moderated Deliberative Forum on "Safety and Justice: How Should Communities Reduce Violence?"

UH Mānoa's College of Social Sciences, Department of Urban and Regional Planning, Public Policy Center and the Spark Matsunaga Institute for Peace, as well as the Center for Alternative Dispute Resolution at the Hawaiʻi State Judiciary, are co-sponsoring a National Issues Forum Institute (NIFI) event on "Safety and Justice: How Should Communities Reduce Violence?" The public forum will be held on Thursday, March 9, 2017, from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. at the Hawaiʻi State Capitol, Conference Room 229.

The issue guide was developed by the NIFI and is part of a national effort to learn what citizens believe about safety and justice issues. The issue guide presents three options for considering how communities should increase safety while at the same time ensuring justice. This issue guide is a framework for citizens to work through these important questions together. It offers three different options for deliberation, each rooted in different, widely shared concerns and different ways of looking at the problem. No one option is the “correct” one; each includes drawbacks and trade-offs that will be faced to make progress on this issue. They are presented as a starting point for deliberation. They are not the only options available. Results of this forum and other forums on this issue will be shared in May at the Public Voice, an annual meeting in Washington, D.C., with the Kettering Foundation and the National Issues Forum Institute and policymakers.

The National Issues Forums Institute (NIFI) is a nonprofit, nonpartisan organization funded through the Kettering Foundation. NIFI serves to promote public deliberation and coordinate the activities of the National Issues Forums network. Its activities include publishing the issue guides and other materials used by local forums groups; encouraging collaboration among forum sponsors; and sharing information about current activities of the network. To review issue guide, see the website at:

For more information about the National Issues Forums Institute and National Issues Forums, visit the NIFI website, For information about the Kettering Foundation visit

The session is open to the public and free of charge:

When: Thursday, March 9, 2017

Time:  5:00-5:30 p.m. Registration and Refreshments
            5:30-7:30 p.m. Forum

Where: Hawaiʻi State Capitol, 415 S. Beretania Street, Conference Room 229

To RSVP: Please email your name, organization and your contact information (phone and email address) to
Anne Smoke, Center for Alternative Dispute Resolution, HI State Judiciary, at 

For more information, call (808) 539-4241.