Lesson 2: Benefits of Restorative Justice
Restorative justice improves upon the traditional criminal justice in that it has the following benefits:
- it views criminal acts more comprehensively: rather than defining crime only as lawbreaking, it recognizes that offenders harm victims, communities and even themselves
- it involves more parties: rather than giving key roles only to government and the offender, it includes victims and communities as well
- it measures success differently: rather than measuring how much punishment has been inflicted, it measures how much harm has been repaired or prevented
- it recognizes the importance of community involvement and initiative in responding to and reducing crime, rather than leaving the problem of crime to the government alone.