What is Restorative Justice?


THE IMPACT OF CRIME

Crime violates not just individual victims but entire communities. Each crime creates suffering for victims, offenders, all families involved, and the community where the crime was committed. The suffering is renewed daily until peace of mind is restored.

DEFINITION OF RESTORATIVE JUSTICE

Restorative Justice is a process engaging parties affected by a crime to collectively seek ways to recover from the resulting trauma and prevent reoccurrence. We believe that restorative justice reflects Biblical concepts that work to heal.

RESTORATIVE JUSTICE MINDSET

Restorative Justice is a different way of thinking about crime and the response to it. It recognizes that the offender has an obligation to repair the harm done to victims and pledge no future wrong-doing.

Justice is pursued through a cooperative effort by victims, community, government, and offender.

Healing of victim(s) and community with stipulations to prevent future wrong-doing are the heart of restorative justice.

Restorative Justice Ministries Network of Texas