Restorative Justice Programs

About Restorative Justice

  • A trauma informed response and philosophy of work that emphasizes repairing the harm caused by wrongdoing or crime
  • Promotes healing, accountability, and amend
  • Focuses on interpersonal relationships, human need, problem-solving, and strengthening the community
  • Encourages active participation of those who have a stake in a specific offense such as victims, community members, concerned parties, and offenders
  • Mend relationships and repair the harm caused to stakeholders
  • Changes focus from blame to change; from punitive to collaboration; from fault to restoration

Differences between Restorative Justice & Restorative Practice

Restorative Justice
Restorative Practice
Referral through County Attorney’s Office
Referral from school
Reactive
Proactive
Addresses harm after crime occurs
Precedes Harms and Conflict by building relationships and connections
Both formal and informal process can be used
Both formal and informal process can be used

Benefits of Participation in Our Program

  • Youth offenders are given a chance to learn from their wrongdoing and make amends without developing a criminal record.
  • Victims of crime or wrongdoing are given an opportunity to interact with the offender and share their thoughts and feelings about what has happened and they are given an opportunity to heal from their experience.
  • Community members are given a voice in how offenders should be held accountable.
  • Interpersonal and community relationships are mended and enhanced and our community is strengthened.