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Benefits and Statistics#


For Victims

  • 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.

For Offenders

  • 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#