click image to enlarge This young artist shows the ripple (or echo) effect of theft.
To provide an array of restorative models for those most directly affected by crime: the victim, the offender, their families, and the representatives of all affected communities;
To strengthen public safety through community building;
To invite community participation in the justice process;
To reduce the number of first-time offenders appearing in Municipal and District Courts;
To promote Restorative Justice principles throughout the community;
To provide Restorative Justice options for those communities for whom English is a second language;
To provide ongoing competency based skill development and support for current volunteers;
To actively recruit volunteers from under-represented populations;
To provide a resource center for articles, research reports, training and materials on Restorative Justice policies and practices.
To maximize interagency cooperation and coordination in promoting restorative practices (including but not limited to Police Services, School Districts, the Juvenile Justice system);
To design community-specific Restorative Justice initiatives and practices to address identified needs in the community.
To deliver community education seminars for diverse audiences;
To use all of the above stated initiatives to provide a community-wide process for acknowledging and addressing crime as a violation of people and trust within a community and achieving justice that repairs the harm and restores relationships affected by that crime.
To acknowledge and support "community building" through restorative and peace circles as a proactive approach to crime prevention.