The Benefits of Restorative Justice

Reduce Recidivism

It has been shown that face-to-face meetings with those harmed can have a profound effect on the future behaviour of the young person. The nature of the restorative process provides an opportunity to focus on and address the underlying causes of the criminal behaviour.  It also allows for the constructive reintegration of the young person back into the community.

Increase Victim Satisfaction

The voice of the persons harmed is rarely heard in the formal justice system.  By having a forum in which the persons harmed can express how the offence has impacted them, and assist in the identification of the reparative measures, the victim may derive greater satisfaction.

Strengthen Communities

We strengthen communities by building relationships through restorative practices. We collaborate with community-based service providers for programming such as Mental Health and Addiction Services. Presently we facilitate monthly meetings and events of The North End Community Circle (NECC) which is a group of stakeholders and residents building community in the North End of Halifax. We also deliver community programs to meet the needs of our communities, including Empathy Factory, Voices for Girls, and Drug, Alcohol Awareness, and Restorative Options for Youth in Care.

Increase Public Confidence in the Justice System

Prior to 1999, the formal justice system assumed primary responsibility for crime prevention and crime control.  As a result, communities became increasingly alienated from the justice system.

 The use of restorative approaches invites the participation of communities in achieving reconciliation between offenders and those harmed by crime.  Greater participation and voice by communities and victims has enhanced public confidence in the justice system.