Restorative Justice: Victim/Offender Mediation
Restorative Justice is considered a new way of thinking about crime and criminal justice, emphasizing the ways in which crime hurts relationships who live in a community. Crime is seen as something done against a victim and the community ? not simply as lawbreaking and violation against the State. Restorative justice is a systematic response to wrongdoing that emphasizes healing the wounds of victims, as well as offenders and communities involved with the criminal behavior. Restorative justice involves the community in a variety of preventative and responsive programs to bridge gaps between people, build their sense of safety and strengthen community bonds.
One of the many programs that are typically identified with restorative justice is Victim/Offender mediation. Victim offender mediation is a process which provides interested victims of primarily property crimes the opportunity to meet the offender, in a safe and structured setting, with the goal of holding the offender directly accountable for their behavior while providing important assistance and compensation to the victim. With the assistance of a trained mediator, the victim is able to let the offender know how the crime affected him or her, to receive answers to questions they may have, and
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