With talking pieces in hand, Dr. Artika Tyner and CJP students presented about restorative justice at the Restoration Counseling and Community Services. They shared about the power of restorative justice to transform communities and foster new connections. What is Restorative Justice? Restorative justice focuses on the interrelatedness of the human experience and offers an alternative framework for resolving conflict and the resulting harm. Restorative justice seeks to address the question of how to “make things right.” For example in the criminal context, the process of “making things right” includes: identifying the harm suffered by the victim, holding the offender accountable for the harm, and restoring interpersonal relationships within the community. It offers all key stakeholders an opportunity to repair the harm suffered as a result of the criminal offense and create a social contract to build a harmonious community and strengthen the social fabric of the community. This restorative process may occur in a victim impact panel, sentencing circle, or community conference.
Kudos to CJP students for sharing their research on restorative justice!
For more information about restorative justice, please read Dr. Tyner’s articles:
A New Addition to the Alternative Dispute Resolution Practitioner’s Toolkit: The Exploration of Restorative Justice and Practical Implementation
Restorative Justice: A Dream of Restoration and Transformation