Restorative Justice

Definition - What does Restorative Justice mean?

Restorative justice is a system that is in place within the United States judicial system, which means that whenever possible, the court would prefer to give sentences that act to rehabilitate the offender rather than punish them.

Examples of restorative justice include community service, anger management classes, and seeking out forgiveness from the victims.

Justipedia explains Restorative Justice

If judges have the ability to give a sentence that makes the crime right, they will do so.

Restorative justice allows for: the victim to gain the repairs to whatever asset or property was damaged; the offender to pay for that to be done; and training the offender on better ways to behave in the future. It is expected that this will decrease any recidivism that might occur by the offender.

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