What is Restorative Justice?

Restorative Justice is a philosophy of repairing the harm done by crime through an emphasis on involving the parties most affected by a crime.  It is an approach focused on personal accountability, offender habilitation, victim impact, and community protection.  Depending on the process or technique used, restorative justice involves the justice agencies, the victim, the offender, their social network, , and the community. 

The restorative justice model makes the offender accountable to the court, victim, and the community.  Accountability for offenders is defined in terms of taking responsibility for actions and taking action to repair the harm caused to the community and the victim.  It provides for immediate, active participation by the offender and the community in the process of repairing the fabric of the community.