The Big 4 Facts
Restorative justice is not just a practice; it is a philosophy that recognizes and acknowledges the harm caused by crime and acts of wrongdoing, but poses a different method for addressing this harm. Instead of focusing solely on the individual that caused the harm and the best way to punish this person, it focuses on the victim that was harmed, the community that was impacted and the ways in which the offender can make things right.
What is Restorative Justice?
The current uses for restorative justice are broad and by no means all-inclusive:
Where is Restorative Justice used?
Restorative justice is not new. The notion of reparation to victims of crime by those who commit crimes - versus punishment from the state - is tried and true.
Restorative Justice is experiencing a newfound popularity, as people from across our country and across the world recognize that our current systems of justice do not fit the needs of all victims, communities and offenders. Restorative justice offers an alternative that is appealing to professionals within the system and communities at large. Restorative Justice gives us a tool to effectively address the broken relationships that result from crime.
Is Restorative Justice new?
Traditional justice asks: What law/rule was broken? Who broke it? What punishment is deserved?
Restorative Justice asks: What is the harm? What are the needs and responsibilities of all affected? How should those needs be met and how should the harm be repaired?