Our Mission

Our Mission

Our mission is to restore balance and healthy communication in our communities.

Guiding Principles of Restorative Justice

  • Focus on the harms of the crime rather than the rules that have been broken.
  • Show equal concern and commitment to those who have been harmed and those who have harmed, involving both in the process of justice.
  • Work toward the restoration of those harmed, empowering them and responding to their needs as they see them.
  • Support those who have harmed while encouraging them to understand, accept and carry out their¬†¬† obligations.
  • Recognize that while obligations may be difficult for offenders, they should not be intended as pain.
  • Provide opportunities for dialogue, direct or indirect between victim and offender, as appropriate.
  • Involve and empower the affected community through the justice process, and increase its capacity to recognize and respond to community bases of crime.
  • Encourage collaboration and reintegration, rather than coercion and isolation.
  • Give attention to the unintended consequences of our actions and programs.
  • Show respect to all parties including victims, offenders and justice colleagues.

-Harry Mika and Howard Zehr