What is Restorative Justice?

Restorative justice repairs the harm caused by crime. When victims, offenders and community members meet to decide how to do that, the results can be transformational.

It emphasizes accountability, making amends, and — if they are interested — facilitated meetings between victims, offenders, and other persons.

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ReformingJustice For20 years

The Centre for Justice & Reconciliation is internationally recognized as experts on the use of restorative justice.

Our mission is to develop and promote restorative justice in criminal justice systems around the world.  We are convinced that restorative justice is an important contemporary expression of timeless standards of justice.  While operating within the Christian tradition, we find common ground and collaborate with people from all backgrounds and traditions.

 Working in40 countries


Sycamore Tree Project

Climbing the tree of understanding, repair, and resolve.

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National Reform

Making justice systems more restorative.

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Communities of Restoration

Restoring offenders to themselves, their families, their communities, and their Creator.

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Lives Changed

Today I see an offender that wants to change

I would like to thank all the members of The Sycamore Tree program, for the opportunity you have given me to better myself, and for the time you have all invested in me. Yo...
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Listening to these people has made me stop and think

An inmate speaks at the conclusion of the Sycamore Tree Project: My name's Robert. I'm a long-term prisoner here. This isn't my first time in jail. In regards to the Sycam...
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Crime victim finds a voice in prison

In the second row of the mini-bus, Lyn Smith, in her early forties, will soon tell six prisoners about the ripple effect of being held up at knifepoint while working behind...
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I wanted revenge but found compassion

When I first heard of restorative justice I thought it was a load of rubbish. I thought that all the offender had to do was say sorry and that was it. So how would you know...
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