Just because the place is called RJ City does not guarantee that that those who come into contact with the Network will have a restorative experience. Find out how restorativeness can be assessed. Review the rights and responsibilities assigned to stakeholders under restorative theory and practice. Consider the fair process protections they are given and how those are assured.
No attempted restorative response or structure like the Network will ever be completely restorative. The purpose of assessment is to allow continual improvement of the Network to make it and its component parts increasingly aligned with restorative concepts and values.
Victims are central to a restorative response to crime because of its emphasis on repairing the harm caused by crime. This means that they have a number of interests, or rights, to assert. They also have some responsibilities.
Offenders are key parties in restorative responses that consider their accountability for the harm to the victim and seek ways that harm can be made right. And it should not be forgotten that in addition to causing harm, offenders may suffer harms and in some instances reveal pre-existing harms as well.
Criminal justice systems have well-defined understandings of procedural fairness, often expressed in terms of due process or human rights protections (principally of the defendant). Not surprisingly, in light of its broader focus, restorative justice has a more expansive understanding of procedural fairness.
One of the Hub’s most important responsibilities is to build a kind of “gravitational pull” towards cooperative processes. This work to create a shared vision is developed and maintained through many different methods.
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