■ Hold youth accountable for the harm they caused to the victims, their families, and the community. When these teens complete the program successfully, they will have learned a valuable life lesson.
■ Give you, the victim or acquaintance, the opportunity to get the answers you need when you are the target of a crime.
■ Invite participants to be part of the healing process, where the group determines the restitution for the poor choice that was made by the youth(s).
■ Inform the referring organization and the victim(s) when the agreed upon restitution has been completed, bringing closure to the case, and allowing the youth to accept accountability for their actions.
What is restorative justice?
■ Restorative justice is a philosophy that views harm and crime as violations of people and relationships. It is a comprehensive process that addresses the repercussions and obligations created by harm with a view of making things as right as possible.
■ Restorative justice services have their roots in all domestic cultures. It is the ancient wisdom of people coming together to address conflict, discuss problems, make decisions, and build stronger community connections.
■ Restorative justice is best practiced when guided by restorative values and principles and when those most affected are both the focus and the directors.
■ Restorative justice focuses on what could happen in the future, rather than focusing on what has occurred in the past.
■ Restorative justice focuses on what needs to be healed, repaid, and learned in the wake of crime. In addition, it looks at what will need to be strengthened so that such things are not to happen again.