Restorative Justice is an approach to justice that focuses on the needs of the victims and the offenders, as well as the involved community. The approach is based on a theory of justice that considers crime and wrongdoing to be an offence against an individual or community, rather than the State. Victims, offenders, and community members often feel that justice does not adequately meet their needs due to overload of cases registered and limited number of courts and corresponding authorities. The long wait for justice often leaves the victims and their families frustrated and have them seek alternate forms of justice like taking the law into their own hands. Stakeholders involved in the criminal justice process – police, judiciary, lawyers, prosecutors, probation and parole officers, prison staff – frequently express a sense of frustration as well.
In restorative approaches to healing:
It is useful when concerned/ affected people:
● Need to address an experience that resulted in harm to someone
● Want to work together as a team
● Have a disagreement
● Wish to share difficulties
● Want to learn from each other/ Need to make decisions
Many a time, an acceptable resolution to the issue is found during the discussions, through sharing and respectful listening by all parties. The offender may acknowledge the harm done and take action to compensate/ apologize/ demonstrably alter behaviour/ perform community service etc thereby restoring justice at a personal and community level.
Some members of the Enfold Team have received training in Restorative Justice from
Ms Sujatha Baliga and Ms Nuri Nusrat from the Restorative Justice Project, USA and from Ms Sonya Shah of the Ahimsa Collective, USA.
Enfold is fostering application of Restorative Approaches in the following contexts and ways from 2018 onwards:
To initiate this work in your organization/ community or to learn more about Restorative Approaches, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org