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Benefits and Statistics
- Gives them a voice in the justice process.
- Encourages them to express their feelings about the incident and how it has impacted their lives.
- Helps determine what can be done to repair the harm done by the incident.
- May allow them to come to closure about the crime.
- Often reduces fear about the offender and possible re-victimization.
- Provides opportunity to accept responsibility for bad decisions and take action to repair harm caused by the crime.
- Shows clearly the crime's impact on the victims, community and families.
- Encourages using offender’s positive qualities in repairing harm.
- Connects offender and family to community resources as needed.
- Repairs harm done by the incident in a meaningful way
- Allows offenders to make choices about consequences for their actions
For Our Community
- Allows affected community members to express how the incident affected them, and participate in determining reparations.
- Includes the community in the exploration of harm caused by crime.
- Gives the Community a voice in the process of justice.
- Recognizes that crime happens in the context of community and community is important in repairing the harm of crime.
- Gives community members the opportunity to support the victim's healing and the offender’s accountability and reintegration into the community.
Restorative Justice by the Numbers