“Restorative justice is a process to involve, to the extent possible, those who have a stake in a specific offense and to collectively identify and address harms, needs, and obligations, in order to heal and put things as right as possible” (Zehr 2002).Restorative justice is an umbrella term that addresses limitations of our legal processes to restore relationships and create justice through balance. It provides a framework to guide the victims and offenders towards justice and accountability while adapting to its determined situation.
The Little Book of Restorative Justice (Zehr 2002:32-33), presents five key principles of restorative justice practices:
- Focus on the harms and consequent needs of the victims, as well as the communities’ and the offenders.
- Address the obligations that result from those harms (of the offender/ community)
- Use inclusive, collaborative processes
- Involve those with a legitimate stake in the situation, including victims, offenders, community members, and society.
- Seek to put right the wrongs.
In this section of the web site, you will find information about Restorative Justice to learn more about the practices (including a glossary of terms), or to find strategies for implementing Restorative Justice in your program, organization or institution.