Restorative justice views a criminal offense as more than infraction of a law; beyond breaking a rule, crime causes harm to people, relationships, and communities. The only way to properly respond to crime is to address the harm that it causes, which our current criminal justice system typically fails to do. Restorative justice is an alternative dispute resolution practice which typically involves a meeting between both parties to discuss a resolution that doesn't simply punish the offender but actually repairs the harm caused by the crime. There are other approaches available if the parties are unable or unwilling to meet. While the restorative justice process requires both parties to speak for themselves, it is very beneficial to have a facilitator present to ensure everyone's rights are protected. At Midwest ADR, LLC in Kansas City, MO you can partner with a mediation professional who understands how to facilitate the restorative action process.
When criminals are locked away without any reeducation or opportunity to make amends for the harm they've caused, statistics show that they often re-offend and end up going back to jail for more serious and harmful crimes. The restorative justice process is intended to create productive resolutions rather than punishments that don't address the root of the issue or the harm caused by the crime. We look to settle rivalries as opposed to choosing sides.