A new framework for approaching conflict & justice
In our society we have been socialized to understand justice through an adversarial lens that not only does not bring healing but often causes more harm to those impacted by crime, conflict, and violence.
People harmed have no say in what they need to have healing and justice, people that cause harm are not given opportunities to be accountable, and communities are rarely recognized as being profoundly impacted by harm. Restorative Justice offers something different.
Restorative Justice is both a process and a paradigm, a philosophy of justice and an action, an emerging movement and not at all new.
As a theory,
Restorative Justice asks us to reimagine what justice is and what healing looks like.
As a process,
Restorative Justice centers those harmed by conflict and violence, addresses their needs, and puts people that have caused the harm directly accountable to those needs, while creating familial and community support so that the person that caused harm can successfully meet the obligations of the people harmed.
Restorative Justice also seeks to address root causes of harm to prevent further and future harm from happening.
Across the country and around the world there are cities and countries who are approaching justice differently. Restorative Justice in communities, schools, justice systems, and organizations brings values and guiding principles that successfully strengthen communities, prevent harm, and bring true healing. CRIL is ready to offer those same services, theories, and systems of implementation to our community and beyond, to institutional systems, and individuals looking for healing. CRIL wants to work with the Louisiana government to begin shifting the paradigm by offering alternatives to the status quo.