Restorative justice is victim-centered

The voice of restorative justice says that victims still need to be heard, healed and restored with every remedy available to them. The voice of restorative justice is still saying victims need to be heard and heard loudly. How can I tell the voice of true restorative justice? You can recognize the voice of true restorative justice by definition. We believe restorative justice is a victim-centered response to harm. Restorative practices include the victim, the offender and the community in respectful dialog that promotes healing.

Restorative justice says it is a fast-growing state, national, and international social movement and set of practices that aim to redirect society’s retributive response to crime. Restorative justice views crime not as a depersonalized breaking of the law but as a wrong against another person. It attends to the broken relationships between three players: the offender, the victim, and the community. Accordingly, restorative justice seeks to elevate the role of crime victims and community members; hold offenders directly accountable to the people they have harmed; and restore, to the extent possible, the emotional and material losses of victims by providing a range of opportunities for dialogue, negotiation, and problem solving. Moreover it views criminal acts more comprehensively than our judicial system because it recognizes how offenders harm victims, communities, and even themselves by their actions.

The voice of restorative justice must be heard in every arena. Not only should that voice be heard, but also recognized by all who hear it. Restorative justice should be targeting juvenile offenders. Restorative justice has been seen as a way of diverting young offenders away from formal justice processes that are stigmatizing.

Recently, criminal justice professionals have advocated restorative justice as an alternative to traditional punitive practices.

Hear the voice of restorative justice.

Stephen Rovics