What is Restorative Justice?
Restorative justice is a way of being in the world that places relationships at the center, acknowledges our profound interconnectedness, and offers us a way to both prevent and respond to conflict and harm. Where the traditional criminal legal system focuses on blame and punishment, restorative justice offers an alternative approach to harm that focuses on accountability, needs, healing, and repair. Restorative justice is rooted in the wisdom and practices of Indigenous peoples across the world - wisdom and practices that have been around long before how we know restorative justice today.
Restorative practices are the specific processes and tools that derive from a restorative justice philosophy. They include practices that prevent/address harm and conflict by building stronger community and restore relationships when harm has occurred.
In our program, we utilize small and large group circles, storytelling, witnessing, agreements and open dialogue as ways to access and expand emotional intelligence and deepen in relationship - to self and others.