A real relief for the ones who has been harmed
Restorative justice emerged a few decades ago as a way to keep first-time juveniles who offended out of the criminal system by confronting them with the consequences of their actions. This process is an approach in which one of the responses to a crime is to organise a meeting between the harmed person and the person who has offended, typically with a facilitator and mediator.
The goal is for them to share their experience of what happened to create a consensus for what the one who offended can do to repair the harm from the offense. Researchers revealed the process allowed who was harmed to explore why the offense was committed, giving them a sense of control they did not get in court. Academic assessment of restorative justice is positive. Most studies suggest it makes offenders less likely to reoffend.
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At RestartUs we create a world-class solution to reach people with restorative justice and its practices at scale through the ongoing investment into VR, AI, and online meetings technology.
If the person who has offended is suitable, eligible and agrees to participate, a conference may be organised with the relevant parties.
Our online security accredited technology conferences can be held at different stages of the process and will be run by our mediators, courts or juvenile justice agencies partners.
The plan may include making an apology or social reparation to the person who has been harmed, it can also include drug and alcohol treatment where this has been identified as an influence on the offending behaviour.
Generally, the agreed outcomes promote repair, reconciliation, and rebuilding of relationships in the community.
Accountability for social healing
According to Howard Zehr PhD, restorative justice differs from traditional criminal justice in terms of the guiding questions it asks.
In restorative justice, the questions are:
Who has been hurt?
What are their needs?
Whose obligations are these?
What are the causes?
Who has a stake in the situation?
What is the appropriate process to involve stakeholders to address causes and put things right?
In contrast, traditional criminal justice asks:
What laws have been broken?
Who did it?
What does the one(s) who offended deserve?
A study by the University of Pennsylvania (2007) also found that it had the highest rate of victim satisfaction and offender accountability of any method of justice. Its use has seen worldwide growth since the 90s. Restorative justice is part of the wider study of restorative practices.
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RestartUs is driven by partnership, promoting positive change and learning together. Through our work in reintegration and reoffending reduction we partner with projects that make a real difference to the lives of millions of people around the world. As we are increasingly identifying opportunities to work in partnership with restorative practices organisations and individuals. Partnering with us can mean anything from simple offering your services across our upcoming platform to long-term collaboration.
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