Restorative justice solutions have many advantages over traditional legal processes and can often offer an alternative dispute resolution. Offenders have an opportunity to repair the damage caused by their crime, typically by providing financial restitution to the victim or by completing community service that helps the victim. These processes also aim to help people make real changes in their lives, reducing recidivism (the tendency for a criminal to re-offend). Midwest ADR, LLC provides legal guidance and services in the areas of restorative justice and mediation in Kansas City, MO and the surrounding areas.
Repair: crime causes harm and justice requires repairing that harm.
Encounter: the best way to determine how to do that is to have the parties decide together.
Transformation: this can cause fundamental changes in people, relationships and communities.
Financial restitution and community service are two ways of holding an offender accountable for their actions as well as repairing the damage caused by those actions. Restitution addresses a victim's financial losses caused by the crime and helps make the justice process more satisfying for them. Community service addresses the harm that the crime caused the community. In a restorative justice process, community service typically works to repair the specific damage caused by the crime. For example, a vandal caught spraypainting on a building may be given the community service of removing graffiti from buildings in the neighborhood.