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Lesson 1: Definition

Restorative justice emphasizes repairing the harm caused by crime. When victims, offenders and community members meet to decide how to do that, the results can be transformational.
Lesson 1: Definition
A definition of restorative justice in simple terms is this: Restorative justice is a way of seeing crime as more than breaking the law – it also causes harm to people, relationships, and the community. So a just response must address those harms as well. If they are willing, the best way to do this is for the parties themselves to meet to discuss the harms and how to about bring resolution. (Other approaches are available if they are unable or unwilling to meet.) Sometimes those meetings lead to transformational changes in their lives.
Working Definition of the Working Party on Restorative Justice
by Paul McCold

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Slide Shows

Changing Lenses
A profound metaphor for understanding justice (Howard Zehr).
 
Justice that Heals 
Talks about the wounds of crime and how to heal them.

Introductory Tutorials

20 MINUTE TUTORIAL
An introductory tutorial on the worldwide movement of restorative justice.

What is Restorative Justice?

Series of slide shows describing various aspects of restorative justice.

 

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Briefing Paper

This paper provides a  definition of restorative justice,  processes, and outcomes. The paper is available in English, French, Spanish, and Russian

Restorative Justice Learning Tool


provided by the Mennonite Central Committee. (requires flash player)