Restorative justice is much more than a program or series of programs. It is a philosophy of justice that can guide public policy in a number of ways.

The section addresses some of the public policy dimensions of restorative justice. These range from questions of whether there is a legal basis in your jurisdiction for using restorative processes and programs to how the entire criminal justice system might be reoriented to reflect restorative principles and values.

A number of jurisdictions have adopted legislation concerning restorative justice. Intergovernmental organizations, such as the United Nations and Council of Europe have adopted recommendations, handbooks and other resources to guide their member states in effective use of restorative justice.

The links immediately below address issues that frequently arise concerning restorative justice and public policy.

Check out these links . . . .

. . . . for a four-page briefing paper on restorative justice; for a more in depth, web-based introduction 

. . . . for a brief summary of research findings comparing restorative justice to other approaches

. . . . for where it is being used around the world