The Centre’s vision is a future in which restorative justice is the normal response to crime. For this to take place, there will need to be changes in perspectives, policies and practices. The Centre is active in all three areas.

Changing Perspectives about justice

While growing numbers of people support restorative justice, many more either have not heard of it or question its appropriateness because of assumptions they have about the meaning of justice. This is true of professionals and policymakers in the criminal justice system and of pastors and parishioners in church pews. We provide a number of ways to help them explore restorative justice as an alternative perspective on justice in the aftermath of crime.

changing justice system policies

Perspectives help shape criminal justice policies. Policies are reflected in laws and regulations adopted by the government. For restorative justice to be the normal way of responding to crime, criminal justice policy impediments must be removed and new policies implemented to encourage its use. We engage in reform projects to incorporate restorative policies in justice systems.

Changing how victims and offenders are treated

Policies provide structure. Programs reflecting those policies complete creation of a restorative response to crime. Programs put hands and feet to restorative policies. Our programs provide victims with support in the aftermath of crime, create in-prison communities of restoration for offenders, and bring victims and offenders together in conversation about crime and justice.