Restorative Justice is a community response to crime that focuses on addressing the harms done to victims and communities by holding offenders meaningfully accountable for their offenses. The goal of Restorative Justice is the creation of safe, healthy communities. Such communities are created when there are opportunities for victims to have their needs addressed and when offenders are integrated into the community as positive, contributing citizens.
Following are examples of restorative practices that have been implemented by communities and juvenile departments in Oregon and Washington. These informational pieces are intended to give a brief summary of the practice.