The Meaning of RJ in the City
To develop a restorative response to crime and justice, it is necessary to have a clear understanding of what restorative justice is. Here are the definition, principles, values and goals that have been adopted for purposes of this Project.
Restorative justice is a theory of justice that emphasizes repairing the harm caused or revealed by unjust behaviour. Restoration is best accomplished through inclusive and cooperative processes.
The conceptual foundation of the Network is made up of three principles: 1) Identify and take steps to repair harm, 2) Invite all stakeholders, and 3) Seek transformation.
The normative values of RJ City are peaceful social life, respect, solidarity and active responsibility. Operational values are resolution, protection, inclusion, empowerment, encounter, assistance, moral education, collaboration and amends.
In responding to crime and injustice, RJ City pursues three objectives: resolution, community building, and safety.
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