Justiceworks is a non-profit community justice organization dedicated to the advancement of programs and practices that secure right relationships between offenders, victims, and their communities. “Rightness” in relationships implies safe, equitable, and respectful treatment for all with regard for individual differences and the need to repair harms suffered. Justiceworks seeks to incorporate evidence-based practices into traditional responses of the justice system for more effective justice outcomes.
What is Restorative Justice?
Restorative Justice emphasizes the ways in which crime hurts relationships between people who live in a community. Crime is seen as something done against a victim and the community—not simply as a violation against the state. Crime may be any wrong, even a non-criminal offense that weakens relationships between people or harms community living. In Restorative Justice, the offender becomes accountable to those he or she has harmed.