What is Restorative Justice?

Assisted by a trained facilitator, parties affected by crime meet in a safe space to discuss:

  • what happened
  • what thoughts led up to the incident
  • how the parties felt at the time and how they feel now
  • what is needed to repair the harm done (to the extent possible)

Those most impacted by the crime make the important decisions about how to repair the harm and create a mutually acceptable agreement.  Possibilities include but are not limited to:

  • letters of apology
  • offender contracts to replace the victim’s out-of-pocket losses
  • community or personal service
  • personal improvement classes

For further information, contact us at rji@fairfieldcenter.org or 540.434.0059 x3.