What is Restorative Justice?

Restorative Justice

is a set of principles and practices rooted in indigenous societies. Restorative justice can be applied both reactively in response to conflict and/or crime, and  proactively to strengthen community by fostering communication and empathy.

Restorative justice invites everyone impacted by conflict and/or harm to develop a shared understanding of both the root causes and the effects.

Restorative justice addresses the needs of those who have been harmed, while encouraging those who have caused harm to take responsibility.

Restorative justice reflects the capacity of all people for healing, growth, and transformation by creating pathways for accountability, self-determination and connection.

Restorative justice has a range of applications within communities, schools, and the justice system. It may also be used to address mass social conflict and/or injustice.

There are many definitions of Restorative justice

The text you see above is our working definition. Do you have comments for us about it? Contact us and let us know.

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