Restorative justice is a way of understanding crime in terms of the people and relationships that were harmed, rather than the law that was broken. Restorative justice values human dignity, healing and the hope of redemption for all involved. – Catholic Mobilizing Network

Traditional justice focuses on:

What was the crime?

Who is guilty?

What should the punishment be?

Restorative justice focuses on:

What was the harm?

Who was impacted?

What needs to be done to make it right?


7 Core Assumptions of Restorative Justice

  • The true self in everyone is good, wise and powerful
  • The world is profoundly interconnected
  • All human beings have a deep desire to be in a good relationship
  • All humans have gifts and everyone is needed for what they bring
  • Everything we need to make positive change is already here
  • Human beings are holistic
  • We need practices to build habits of living from the core self

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