Zehr, Howard. Restorative Justice Signposts
We are working toward restorative justice when we ...
. . . focus on the harms of wrongdoing more than the rules that have been broken,
. . . show equal concern and commitment to victims and offenders, involving both in the process of justice,
. . . work toward the restoration of victims, empowering them and responding to their needs as they see them,
. . . support offenders while encouraging them to understand, accept and carry out their obligations,
. . . recognize that while obligations may be difficult for offenders, they should not be intended as harms and they must be achievable,
. . . provide opportunities for dialogue, direct or indirect, between victims and offenders as appropriate,
. . . involve and empower the affected community through the justice process, and increase its capacity to recognize and respond to community bases of crime,
. . . encourage collaboration and reintegration rather than coercion and isolation,
. . . give attention to the unintended consequences of our actions and programs,
. . . show respect to all parties including victims, offenders and justice colleagues.
Crime wounds . . . justice heals
by Harry Mika and Howard Zehr
Â© Mennonite Central Committee
Conciliation Quarterly Vol. 20, No. 3
Reprinted with permission from Mennonite Conciliation Service.