Restorative Justice Law and Legal Definition

Restorative Justice is a philosophy that focuses on repairing the harm caused to people and relationships as a result of crime. It is a victim-centered response to crime that provides opportunities for those most directly affected by the crime – the victim, the offender, their families, and members of the community – to be directly involved in addressing the harm caused by the crime. The restorative justice philosophy is based on (1) values that emphasize the support and involvement of victims and restoring emotional and material losses, (2) holding offenders accountable to the people and communities they violated, (3) providing opportunities for conflict resolution and problem-solving, and (4) strengthening public safety through community-building.