What is Restorative Justice
Restorative justice is an approach that strives to repair the harm caused by criminal behavior. It invites victims, offenders and the communities that have been impacted to participate fully in the healing process. Restorative justice uses methods such as victim/offender mediation, victim assistance, ex-offender assistance, sentencing circles, restitution and community service to achieve its goals.
- US Bishops' Statement: Responsibility, Rehabilitation and Restoration (http://www.usccb.org/sdwp/criminal.shtml)
- California Catholic Conference – Restorative Justice (http://www.cacatholic.org/index.php/topics/restorativejustice.html)
- Restore Justice (http://www.restorejustice.com/)
- The Catholic Mobilizing Network (http://www.catholicsmobilizing.org/) - Grassroots advocacy group to end the death penalty & support restorative justice initiatives.
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