Restorative Justice

Restorative Justice presents an exciting new framework for responding to conflicts and minor offenses. Restorative Justice creates an opportunity for individuals to take responsibility for their actions and the harm they caused their victims and the wider community. Due to better outcomes than the punitive model currently in place, Restorative Justice has gained acceptance and support among legal, social service, and educational professionals.

Restorative Justice helps those involved in a conflict or those who are arrested for minor offenses come to terms with their actions and find peaceful resolutions that include accountability to both victim and the wider community. Victim participation and healing are essential to this process. Restorative Justice circles include volunteer facilitators, victims and offenders, community members, and law enforcement and/or school officials. This broad-based involvement helps strengthen the community through prevention, education, intervention and volunteer action, empowering individuals to take an active role in the safety and well-being of their community.

Like all programs dependent on volunteerism, Restorative Justice only works when community members become involved!

Restorative Justice volunteers engage with victims and offenders in order to bring about offender accountability and healing for the victim. Community volunteers are essential to this program and the process only works when YOU become involved. To find out when our next volunteer training will begin please email cvallee@thecenterforcommunityjustice.org or call 518-346-1281 ext. 30.