A philosophical framework and a series of programs for the criminal justice system that emphasize the need to repair the harm done to crime victims through a process of negotiation, mediation, victim empowerment, and Reparation.
"Restorative Justice." West's Encyclopedia of American Law, edition 2. 2008. The Gale Group 15 Jun. 2015
The Restorative process used by the City of Seattle Restorative Justice Pilot Project, in 2014, was developed in Brazil by Dominic Barter. This incorporates indigenous circle tradition and the research work of Marshall Rosenberg and has been adapted and utilized for schools, courts, prisons and community outreach. Thanks to both the Restorative Justice and Peacemaking Initiatives the City Attorney’s Office, in Seattle, began a PRE-FILING DIVERSION PROGRAM in 2017-2018.
Restorative justice is a process to involve those who have a stake in a specific offense and collectively identify and address harms, needs, and obligations...to heal and put things as right as possible. -Howard Zehr, The Little Book of Restorative Justice
www.restorativecircles.org to learn more about Dominic Barter
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