Restorative Justice: Roots & Resources
Restorative justice refers to “an approach to justice that seeks to repair harm by providing an opportunity for those harmed and those who take responsibility for the harm to communicate about and address their needs in the aftermath of a crime.”1Learn about my personal journey with restorative justice after sexual violence here.
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What is Restorative Justice?
Restorative Justice is a theory of justice that emphasizes repairing the harm caused by criminal behavior. It is best accomplished through cooperative processes that allow all willing stakeholders to meet, although other approaches are available when that is impossible. This can lead to transformation of people, relationships and communities. Strives to bridge justice with healing while breaking cycles of 'hurt people hurt people'.2
Where does Restorative Justice come from?
The modern restorative justice movement owes much to Indigenous communities and religious traditions from which these practices come, including Mennonite and Jewish traditions. Family group conferencing is rooted in Maori traditions and Jewish concepts like 'Tikkun Olam' shape these principles .3
Why is there a full page here on Restorative Justice?
I, Marlee, first learned about restorative justice in 2019. I was subpoenaed to go to criminal trial for the sexual assault I'd experienced. I began researching alternatives to the punitive system and fighting for a restorative justice outcome, which I was privileged and forever grateful to have experienced. I believe everyone deserves education on & access to restorative & transformative justice.