3 assumptions underlie restorative justice:
When people and relationships are harmed, needs are created
The needs created by harms lead to obligations
The obligation is to heal and â€œput rightâ€ the harms; this is a just
3 principles of restorative justice reflect these
assumptions: A just responseâ€¦
acknowledges and repairs the harm caused by, and revealed by,
encourages appropriate responsibility for addressing needs and
repairing the harm (accountability);
involves those impacted, including the community, in the resolution
3 underlying values provide the foundation:
3 questions are central to restorative justice:
Who has been hurt?
What are their needs?
Who has the obligation to address the needs, to put right the harms,
to restore relationships? (As opposed to: What rules were broken? Who
did it? What do they deserve?)
3 stakeholder groups should be considered and/or
Those who have been harmed, and their families
Those who have caused harm, and their families
3 aspirations guide restorative justice: the desire to live
in right relationshipâ€¦
with one another;
with the creation;
with the Creator.
Read Howard’s whole
article, which addresses other definitional matters.
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