Restorative justice emphasizes repairing the harm caused by crime. When victims, offenders and community members meet to decide how to do that, the results can be transformational.
To see how this approach is changing all aspects of criminal justice, visit the rooms above, the map to the right and the blog below.
Face-to-face way to empower victims
Burglaries, anti-social behaviour and low level crime including noise nuisance, affect lives and destroy confidence. They mean people live in fear in their own homes, cause untold damage to victims and can also ruin the lives of those committing these offences.
Victims can feel devastated and left wondering why they were targeted, while the offenders seldom stop to think about the implications of their actions and can and often do go on to reoffend.
This is where restorative justice can come in to present an alternative approach....
The image of God in each of us could change how Christians view prison reform
On Monday, January 26th, faith leaders gathered in Washington D.C. to discuss restorative justice as a Christian approach to the criminal justice system.
The United States is home to more incarcerated citizens than any other nation in the entire world. With 25 percent of the world’s prison population behind bars in the U.S., prison reform is an issue of rising bipartisan support in Washington. It’s also a huge concern among Christian social justice advocates, especially since there is a strong link between incarceration rates and poverty rates and reform may greatly improve overall human well-being.
The Better Government Competition seeks ideas to reform America’s troubled criminal justice system
We are living in an era defined by unprecedented human and fiscal costs wrought on by our nation’s criminal justice system.
At the end of 2013, approximately 1 in 35 U.S. adults were under correctional supervision in some form, and 1 in 110 adults were incarcerated in prison or local jail, according to the Bureau of Justice Statistics. Overcriminalization and excessively harsh sentencing have devastated communities across the U.S., with a disproportionate impact on minorities and urban residents. For most states, the costs of corrections have exploded to unmanageable levels, leaving officials with overcrowded and understaffed prisons and a sluggish, largely ineffectual court system.
Jan 15, 2015
Hergo: 3 testimonies. Conferencing in Belgium
In Belgium, Judges of the Juvenile Court can propose a Hergo as a response to serious crimes. During such a conference, the underage offender (and his parents) and the victim, both with their personal supporters, look for redress towards victim and society. The minor also plans what he intends to do to prevent recidivism. A police inspector is present at the meeting. A neutral facilitator has preparatory talks with all parties concerned. He chairs the conference. Afterwards, the Judge ratifies the plan for redress during a session of the Juvenile Court.
Every year, about 100 minors and the same amount of victims receive a proposal for a Hergo from one of the Juvenile Judges in Flanders. One in three cases leads to a real conference.
‘Peace hubs’ aim to save kids from crime stigma
VOICE-Buffalo’s effort to create “peace hubs” in churches, mosques, synagogues and other neighborhood anchors could resolve low-level conflicts before they ever reach police. It’s part of a “restorative justice” effort to turn around wayward youth before they get ensnared in a criminal-justice system staffed by many who don’t understand the neighborhoods they patrol or the young people they prosecute.
It’s not an effort to coddle criminals; it’s an effort to save kids.
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