North America and the Caribbean
Indigenous practices focused on repairing harm and rebuilding peace in communities have been revived by some indigenous communities and adapted for use in the court systems.
Community based organizations have played an important role in the development of restorative justice practice in many areas.
Restorative programmes in the prison setting are being used to help inmates understand the impact of crime on victims and the community and provide victims an opportunity to ask questions of their offenders and find their own path toward healing.
Offenders returning to the community after a prison term face many challenges to successful reintegration including the issues that first sent them to prison. Restorative practices are increasingly being used to help inmates make this transition back to their families and communities.
With a focus on strengthening families, restorative practices in child welfare cases are seen as a mechanism for helping families build on the strengths they do have and connect to a larger support network to ensure the safety and care of children.
Restorative justice has been seen as a way of diverting young offenders away from formal justice processes that are stigmatising.
Several government entities have developed legislation to address different implementations of restorative practices.
With the growing use of restorative justice, the number of court cases addressing restorative practices is growing.
Evaluations looking at the effectiveness of restorative justice programmes show an increase in satisfaction for both victim and offender.
These short articles featuring developments within North America first appeared in the monthly edition of Restorative Justice Online.
These documents discuss restorative justice in North America and the Caribbean. They appear in the order in which they were added to the site with the most recent appearing first.
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