Restorative Justice

 

Restorative Justice (also sometimes called reparative justice) is a process designed to focus on the needs of both victims and offenders.  In restorative justice, both parties take an active role in the process.  The victim is encouraged to share their experience with the offender, and the offender is encouraged to take responsibility for their actions.

Restorative Justice is used in schools, community-based programs, courts, teen courts, prisons, private institutions, non-profits and government organizations.

Restorative Justice… 

  • Gives voice to youth, school administration/teachers, parents/ guardians, community
  • Encourages accountability and responsibility
  • Decreases referral to law enforcement agencies, reducing legal fees
  • Reduces reliance on suspension or disciplinary actions
  • Builds on strengths
  • Strengthens self-discipline
  • Fosters healthy relationships
  • Creates understanding and empathy
  • Provides for fair, timely and optimal responses/solutions to remedy situations
  • Helps authorities intervene early through identification assessment and de-escalation measures to prevent issues or re-occurrences

If you would like to dicussion how a Restorative Justice program can benefit your school, public or private organization, give PSI a call at 719-266-8181.  We’d love to talk with you!