Restorative Justice

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Restorative Justice

Lutheran Social Services Restorative Justice creates safer communities statewide by bringing people together with trained facilitators in structured processes to resolve, reduce and prevent conflict. The program focuses on repairing the harm caused by crime, rather than just the legal violation of laws and rules.

Lutheran Social Services Restorative Justice encourages accountability, works to repair harm done to the victim and promotes safe and secure communities.

 

The victim

  • Has the opportunity to tell the offender how the offense has impacted them.
  • Has input on creating a plan that addresses the harm done, not just the incident itself.
  • Can ask the offender questions about the incident.
  • Gains a sense of closure and a belief that the best has come from a bad situation.

The offender

  • Has a voice in how to repair the harm, rather than just receive punishment.
  • Has an opportunity to offer an explanation and an apology.
  • Can see how their actions have hurt others.

The community

  • Can experience a reduction in long-term crime.
  • Can benefit from diminished animosity and tension among people and groups in the community.
  • Can gain greater understanding and empathy of the offender, their experiences and struggles.

 

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