In contrast with adversarial systems of justice, restorative justice focuses on repairing harm and restoring relationships. Restorative practices tend to prioritize the equal voice of all parties affected by a conflict, and may support victims of crime in safely facing their aggressors. The emphasis is on preventing future violence or disruption.
Through its relationships with tribal communities, where many restorative practices originated and continue to operate, the Center for Court Innovation launched peacemaking programs in Red Hook and Syracuse. The Center continues to support community-led mediation and violence prevention at the Crown Heights Mediation Center, and uses a peer-led and problem-solving approach to youth justice with its youth courts. The Center is committed to testing new restorative approaches to justice through its operating programs and research, and shares lessons learned with jurisdictions looking to increase their reliance on restorative and community-led initiatives.
Community Justice 2016
A panel on restorative justice, moderated by Erika Sasson, director of restorative practices at the Center for Court Innovation, was held at Community Justice 2016. Panelists included Jose Egurbide, supervising attorney for the Neighborhood Justice Program at the Office of the City Attorney of Los Angeles, Joe Balles, retired captain at the Madison Police Department, and Judge Herman Sloan from the Atlanta Community Court.