Source: (2011) Revisioning Justice. Restorative Justice Week 2011. Correctional Services Canada.

I wish to speak of another form of RJ, one available to all, one which I believe to be equally (if not more) beneficial to the community long term: the Open Door experience. Montreal-Southwest Community Ministries’ (MSCM) “Open Door” project, now in its tenth year, provides an opportunity for all offenders to reconnect with society. Organized by MSCM and its volunteers, the weekly meetings welcome all to participate and express themselves freely in a friendly environment that is based on equity and respect. Participants include volunteers, members of MSCM, members of the community, ex-offenders, and inmates who are on escorted outings from prison. The following describes my first experience with Open Door. (excerpt)