It Just Makes Sense

RJ Minute: It Just Makes Sense

The biggest thing I want you to remember about restorative justice is this:

It is a philosophy that just makes sense.  Restorative justice is based on the assumption that when you hurt somebody, either intentionally or by mistake, you are responsible to heal the harm you caused[1] (as much as possible).  This means it defines accountability, not as punishment but as being responsible to those you’ve affected[2] and working with and/or for their welfare.  It’s like cleaning up your messes or holding up your end of the bargain.

This is good parenting, developmental teaching[3], dynamic community-building and the foundation of many ancient cultures[4].  You’ve probably been doing it all along without knowing its name!

There’s a lot to learn about using restorative justice, but it all starts with embracing restorative justice philosophy[5].  We’re here to help!

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[1] Zehr, Howard (2002) The Little Book of Restorative Justice. Good Books, Intercourse, PA

[2] Zehr, Howard (1990) Changing Lenses: A New Focus on Crime and Justice. Herald Press, Scottdale, PA

[3] Evans, Katherine & Dorothy Vaandering (2016) The Little Book of Restorative Justice in Education. Good Books, New York

[4] Umbreit, Mark & Marilyn Peterson Armour (2011) Restorative Justice Dialogue: An Essential Guide to Research and Practice. Springer Publishing Co., New York

[5] Riestenberg, Nancy (2012) Circle in the Square: Building Community and Repairing Harm in School. Living Justice Press, St. Paul, MN

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