Restoring Community • Practicing Reconciliation • Doing Justice
SIRJ is a better alternative to juvenile court and detention for the growing legion of low-risk offenders. Juvenile prosecution and incarceration lead youth on a pathway to failure. Crime victims are no better off, the whole community suffers; its safety violated, its relationships broken.
SIRJ is a collaborative approach to justice with better outcomes for most everyone affected by crime. SIRJ is based on proven models in the U.S. and around the world. It is a partnership with local law enforcement, Community Corrections, judges, attorneys and community members.
What is Restorative Justice?
Restorative Justice lets victims confront their offenders. It holds the offender accountable and involves the offender in repairing the harm caused to victims.
Restorative justice focuses as much on the victim and the community as on the offender. It views crime as a violation of the victim and of the community as a whole, not just a violation of state law. Agreements reached during these interventions often include financial restitution, community service and more.
How does it work?
First, mediators meet with the offender who has paid a small fee to participate. Next, if the victim agrees to participate, the mediators meet with that person.
Finally, in the mediators’ presence, offender meets victim and possibly other members of the community. All sides discuss the circumstances of the crime and the harm done to victim and community and work out the best plan to restore everyone associated with the crime.
- Allow victims to confront their offenders and participate in the resolution of their cases.
- Improve outcomes for offenders, holding them accountable while reintegrating them into the community and minimizing contact with the court system.
- Lighten the load of the justice system.
- Strengthen community resilience through collaboration among law enforcement, the court system and the community at large.
Brave New Films. (2016). Restorative Justice: Why Do We Need it? • https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8N3LihLvfa0
Whether you’re curious about restorative justice, how it works, or how to get started, we’re here to answer any questions.