THE ADVANTAGES OF RESTORATIVE JUSTICE IN KANSAS CITY, MO & THE JACKSON COUNTY, MO AREA

RESTORING JUSTICE AND HELPING PEOPLE HEAL A NEW OUTLOOK ON JUSTICE

Restorative justice solutions have many advantages over traditional legal processes. 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.

RESTITUTION AND COMMUNITY SERVICE

RESTITUTION AND COMMUNITY SERVICE

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.

REDUCING RECIDIVISM IMPROVES OUR COMMUNITIES

We know that our traditional criminal justice system doesn't rehabilitate offenders or reintroduce them into society with the resources they need to live more positive and productive lives. Many criminal offenders end up back within a few years of being let out, and oftentimes for more severe crimes. One of the main advantages of restorative justice is its ability to transform lives and improve communities.

Imagine a world...
  • Without overcrowded jails...
  • In which crime is almost non-existent...
  • In which conflicts are transformed and resolved in a positive and effective manner
  • Victims, offenders, and the community at large could live harmoniously...
  • Doing the things that are right to make a better justice system and better world
  • Filled with love, peace, and justice for everyone


What would that really look like? How would this change the way we live and communicate with each other?