Restorative justice can be a very difficult process. It takes a lot of courage to meet face to face. However, we believe it is neither “soft on crime” or “hard on crime”, instead it is more effective than our traditional system.
Restorative Justice is smart on crime. Incarceration and other punitive measures do not create accountability. Addressing crime according to the expressed needs of the victim can bring about meaningful restitution, increased feelings of safety and essential changes in attitudes and behaviours.
Restorative justice processes have been shown to be more effective than the traditional system in reducing recidivism (returning to crime) and have high levels of satisfaction from both victims and offenders.