"Restorative justice is an approach to justice that focuses on repairing the harm caused by crime while holding the offender responsible for his or her actions, by providing an opportunity for the parties directly affected by the crime - victim(s), offender and community - to identify and address their needs in the aftermath of a crime, and seek a resolution that affords healing, reparation and reintegration, and prevents future harm."
Dr. Robert Cormier, Public Safety Canada, 2002Learn More »
“I found peace in myself and I was able to forgive him for what he’s done, and I don’t think I could have without this program.”
“I was full of hatred and when I left I was happier than I was before going. I’m not sure if I would have changed without them being there for me.”
“You get to see the offender’s point of view and they get the chance to explain why they did what they did.”
“It helped both parties, both parties to heal, or to understand other person.”
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Dave*, 15, had been using marijuana for the past year. When his drug use became daily, he began shoplifting from local stores to feed his habit. He decided that he could make more money by stealing bicycles. He saw a nice bicycle outside a local convenience store and decided to try to steal it. He couldn't get the lock undone so he waited for the owner of the bike to come out. He followed the owner (a 10-year old boy) into a local park and used force to rem...Read More »