Restorative Justice

Restorative justice attempts to repair the harm caused by criminal behavior by transforming the harmful behavior and providing healing for the victim, offender, and community alike. Restorative justice can be a useful alternative to jail sentences in which healing and transformation are typically absent.


Victim-Offender Mediation (VOM) is a form of  restorative justice that provides the victim an opportunity to meet their offender in a safe and structured setting.  A trained and neutral mediator is present to guide the dialog.  VOM goals include:

  • The Victim’s suffering is fully heard and understood by the Offender(s).
  • The Victim understands why the Offender(s) chose them and did what they did.
  • The Victim hears the Offender(s) take responsibility.
  • A reparation plan is developed for the Offender(s) to provide financial and/or physical support to repair damage to the Victim.


VOM can be effective for crimes like burglary, vandalism, petty larceny, and assaults – and even for more severe crimes like rape or murder.

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