Restorative Justice

Restorative justice (also sometimes called reparative justice) is an approach to justice that focuses on the needs of the victims and the offenders, as well as the involved community, instead of satisfying abstract legal principles or punishing the offender. Victims take an active role in the process, while offenders are encouraged to take responsibility for their actions, "to repair the harm they've done—by apologizing, returning stolen money, or community service". Restorative justice involves both victim and offender and focuses on their personal needs. In addition, it provides help for the offender in order to avoid future offences. It is based on a theory of justice that considers crime and wrongdoing to be an offence against an individual or community, rather than the state. Restorative justice that fosters dialogue between victim and offender shows the highest rates of victim satisfaction and offender accountability.

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Eastern Mennonite University - Notable Alumni and Faculty
... transformation) - Founding director of JustPeace International, which has combined restorative justice with traditional jirga practices into community-level conflict ... and adapter of Howard Zehr's Little Book of Restorative Justice into Pakistan’s languages of Pushto, Urdu and Persian ... John Paul Lederach – Founding director of Center for Justice and Peacebuilding at EMU ...
Lawrence W. Sherman - Research
... He has collaborated with over 30 police and justice agencies around the world ... prospective longitudinal experiments in restorative justice involving approximately 2,500 offenders and 2,000 crime victims ... police discretion, police crackdowns, restorative justice, investigations, police use of force, and fear reduction ...
Restorative Justice - Mass Media
... prison system has created favorable social climate for the growth of restorative justice in the public domain ... conditions for public acceptance of the ideas of restorative justice, especially through mass media ... public would be open to the idea of alternative forms of justice only after the idea has been explicitly explained to them ...
Overview - Difference Between Restorative Justice and Restorative Practices
... The notion of restorative practices evolved in part from the concept and practices of restorative justice ... But from the emergent point of view of restorative practices, restorative justice can be viewed as largely reactive, consisting of formal or informal responses to crime and other wrongdoing after it ... Restorative practices also includes the use of informal and formal processes that precede wrongdoing, those that proactively build relationships and a sense of community to ...
Howard Zehr
... Zehr (born 2 July 1944) is Professor of Restorative Justice at Eastern Mennonite University's Center for Justice and Peacebuilding in Harrisonburg, Virginia ... Zehr previously served 19 years as director of Mennonite Central Committee’s Office on Crime and Justice ... He is considered a pioneer in the field of Restorative justice, a response to criminal justice that focuses on repairing harm rather than establishing deterrence ...

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