Restorative justice focuses on repairing harm and restoring relationships.
Restorative justice seeks to prevent future violence or disruption by finding responses to law-breaking behavior that are proportionate, meaningful, and enforce accountability.
Through our relationships with tribal communities, where many restorative practices originated, the Center for Court Innovation launched peacemaking programs in Red Hook and Syracuse. The Center supports 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. We are also implementing school-wide restorative justice programs in five Brooklyn public high schools. Our research department will be evaluating the effectiveness of those programs, with a focus on disparities related to race and disability. The Center is committed to testing new restorative approaches to justice and shares lessons learned with jurisdictions around the world.
Building on a traditional Native American approach to justice, the Center’s peacemaking programs focus on healing and community restoration rather than punishment.
Restorative Justice in Schools
We've implemented restorative justice programs in five New York City high schools aimed at strengthening relationships school-wide.
On our New Thinking podcast, the Oakland-based architect explains her firm’s mission to use design to counter incarceration and promote the use of restorative justice. She also discusses her work on our Near Westside Peacemaking Center in Syracuse, N.Y.
This document describes the Native American method of peacemaking—a non-adversarial form of justice focusing on restoration and the long-term healing of relationships—and offers detailed guidelines for implementation by state courts.
In May 2016, victim advocates, restorative justice practitioners, tribal peacemakers, prosecutors, federal policymakers, and others came together in Santa Fe, N.M., to discuss whether and how restorative practices could be used to safely and effectively respond to intimate partner violence, sexual assault, and dating violence. This document synthesizes a complex discussion into a series of themes for future reflection and planning around the issues raised.
A feature on helping young people avoid involvement with the justice system highlights our work operating restorative justice programs in five New York City high schools with elevated suspension rates.