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Howard Zehr's "Restorative justice three's"

May 27, 2009

from Howard's blog: To summarize restorative justice as a way of addressing wrongdoing, we might put it in a series of “threes:”

3 assumptions underlie restorative justice:

  • When people and relationships are harmed, needs are created

  • The needs created by harms lead to obligations

  • The obligation is to heal and “put right” the harms; this is a just response.

3 principles of restorative justice reflect these assumptions: A just response…

  • acknowledges and repairs the harm caused by, and revealed by, wrongdoing (restoration);

  • encourages appropriate responsibility for addressing needs and repairing the harm (accountability);

  • involves those impacted, including the community, in the resolution (engagement).

3 underlying values provide the foundation:

  • Respect

  • Responsibility

  • Relationship

3 questions are central to restorative justice:

  • Who has been hurt?

  • What are their needs?

  • Who has the obligation to address the needs, to put right the harms, to restore relationships? (As opposed to: What rules were broken? Who did it? What do they deserve?)

3 stakeholder groups should be considered and/or involved:

  • Those who have been harmed, and their families

  • Those who have caused harm, and their families

  • Community

3 aspirations guide restorative justice: the desire to live in right relationship…

  • with one another;

  • with the creation;

  • with the Creator.

Read Howard's whole article, which addresses other definitional matters.

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Sophonie Kakule Kasiki
Sophonie Kakule Kasiki says:
Nov 02, 2013 05:38 AM

I am a student in the Democratic Republic of Congo.I am doing Master in Ethic Domain.The specific theme of my research is about restorative justice .Please let us connect for more documents and experience.

Sophonie Kakule Kasiki

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