Our Programs

Restorative Justice

Restorative Justice (RJ) is an innovative alternative to the punitive system, whereby people are held accountable for their behavior at the community level. The RJ process allows everyone involved in a crime or conflict to work collectively toward community-based solutions. Such community-based solutions present the potential to addresses root causes of oppositional or deviant behavior. By addressing root causes, RJ decreases the likelihood of recurrence. As such, RJ serves as a more meaningful way to handle offenses; it attempts to redefine crime as an injury to people and their relationships and turns the emphasis towards repairing those relationships.

Restorative Practices

Restorative Practices (RP) is a philosophy that grew from RJ that aims to provide school communities with safe, inclusive, and effective tools to help develop relationships within a healthy school environment. This comprehensive strategy can be used to help mold knowledgeable, responsible, and civically engaged citizens.

 

Model Comparison

Punitive System Restorative Process
What law or rule was broken? What happened?
Who broke the law or rule? Who was affected? How?
How can we punish that person? What can be done to repair the harm?
Institution determines the punishment based on laws and rules Group collectively decides how to repair the harm
Focus on the past Focus on the future