A new way to look at justice in this country
A system of criminal justice that focuses on the rehabilitation of offenders through reconciliation with victims and the community at large.
The process of restorative justice necessitates a shift in responsibility for addressing crime. In a restorative justice process, the citizens who have been affected by a crime must take an active role in addressing that crime. Although law professionals may have secondary roles in facilitating the restorative justice process, it is the citizens who must take up the majority of the responsibility in healing the pains caused by crime.
Is Restorative Justice necessary in today’s society?
The field of restorative practices has substantial consequences for all facets of society — from families, classrooms, schools and prisons to workplaces, associations, governments, even whole nations — because restorative practices can improve better dealings among these organizations’ components and help the overall organization function more successfully.
Restorative Justice Goals
Restorative justice strategies provide opportunities for wrongdoers to be accountable to those they have harmed, and enable them to repair the harm they caused to the extent possible.
Restorative justice recognizes the need to keep the community safe through strategies that build relationships and empower the community to take responsibility for the well-being of its members.
Restorative justice seeks to increase the pro-social skills of those who have harmed others, address underlying factors that lead youth to engage in delinquent behavior, and build on strengths in each young person.