“Restorative Justice is a process to involve, to the extent possible, those who have a stake in a specific offense and to collectively identify and address harms, needs, and obligations, in order to heal and put things as right as possible.” (Zehr, 2002, p. 37)
Restorative Justice is a philosophy and practice based on the recognition that crime violates principally individual people and their social relationships. It is the duty of justice to repair the harm done and restore harmony in the community. Restorative Justice considers that the traditional legal system does not respond adequately to the needs of victims, offenders, and society in general, and that all parties should actively participate in the achievement of a healing form of justice, the way many ethnic, cultures and religions around the world still practice it.
The Archbishop Desmond Tutu discusses Restorative Justice, which provides restorative healing. In view of the Truth & Reconciliation Hearings.
Johnston, Gerry and Van Ness, Daniel. 2007. Handbook of Restorative Justice. Cullompton: Willan Publishing.
Prison Fellowship International (1996 – 2014). PFI Centre for Justice and Reconciliation. Retrieved November 19, 2014. www.restorativejustice.org .
Umbreit, Mark S. (2001). The Handbook of Victim offender Mediation. An Essential Guide to Research and Practice. San Francisco: Jossey – Bass Inc.
United Nations. (2006). Handbook on Restorative Justice Programmes. New York: United Nations.
Zehr, Howard. (2002). The Little Book of Restorative Justice. Intercourse: Good Books.