This is a community-based approach to dealing with crime, the effects of crime and the prevention of crime. A restorative justice process operates from a belief that the path to justice lies in compassionate listening, equity of voice, taking responsibility and making amends, rather than in punitive consequences.
Foundational Principles, Beliefs, Goals and Benefits of Restorative Justice
THE PRINCIPLES say that when a person commits a crime:
THE BELIEFS are that justice should, to the greatest degree possible, do five things:
THE GOALS of restorative justice practices require that:
THE BENEFITS of restorative justice include:
AT OUR CORE...
There is a deep underlying belief
that all community members
add value and enrich the community.
There is systematic effort to hear
and respect all voices.
There is authentic listening and
sharing in the community.
Members speak and listen
from the heart.
There is a conscious and spoken value
placed on positive relationships.
Decisions are made inclusively.
There is an expectation that decisions
and actions will be made “with” each
other, not “for” or “to” by one segment
of the community to another.
There is a non-punitive response to wrongdoing when it occurs.