Source: (1996) St. Paul, Minnesota: Center for Restorative Justice & Peacemaking, University of Minnesota.

This paper details principles of restorative justice and shows how they apply practically to victims, communities, and offenders. Restorative justice emphasizes the ways in which crime hurts relationships between people who live in a community. Crime is seen as something done against a victim and the community-- not simply as a violation against the state. Crime may be any wrong that weakens relationships between people or harms community living. In restorative justice, the offender is held accountable to the person or persons harmed. Justice is done for victims, victimized communities, and offenders.

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