The “Restorative Justice Behind Bars” 8-week session blended 10 SU students with 16 inmates who are part of the University Beyond Bars program. The format is based on a restorative justice program called encounter, which places a high value on having the victim and offender encounter one another. The focus is on its five interwoven elements: meeting, narrative, emotion, understanding and agreement.
This course is intended to create a safe place for offenders, victims, and citizens to talk about how crime has affected their lives, and what they need to repair the harm resulting from crime. The students spent the summer on teams, creating ideas for concrete ways to implement restorative justice principles within the prison system and throughout the community.