Restorative Justice recognizes that crime hurts everyone — victims, offenders and community. It creates an obligation to make things right.

A Genuine, Active

and Accountable


Restorative Justice is a theory of justice that emphasizes repairing the harm caused by criminal behavior. It is best accomplished through cooperative processes that allow all willing stakeholders to meet, although other approaches are available when that is impossible. This can lead to transformation of people, relationships and communities.

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Key Principles

  1. Crime causes harm and justice should focus on repairing that harm.
  2. The people most affected by the crime should be able to participate in its resolution.
  3. The responsibility of the government is to maintain order and of the community to build peace.


the Future

of Justice

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RJ City® Project

RJ City® is a research and design project created to explore what seems to be a gap between the claims that restorative justice offers an alternative approach to conflict, crime and justice on one hand, and the rather limited use of restorative programmes in most countries on the other.

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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