Restorative Justice

What is it ?

Restorative justice is both a philosophy and approach that balances the interests, rights and needs of victims, offenders and the community.

-Anne Seymour

7 Values of Restorative Justice

  • Crime is an offense against human relationships.
  • Victims and the community are central to the justice process.
  • The first priority of justice processes is to assist victims.
  • The second priority of justice processes is to restore the community, to the degree possible.
  • The offender has personal responsibility to victims and to the community for crimes committed.
  • The offender will develop improved competency and understanding as a result fo the restorative justice experience.
  • Stakeholders share responsibilities for restorative justice through partnerships for action.


How does it work?

  • Restorative Justice provides an expanded role for victims. One of the most important purposes of Restorative Justice is to devote much more initial attention to the needs of victims. Programs such as Victim Offender Mediation allow the victim to voluntarily meet with the offender and a trained mediator in a safe and structured setting for a discussion of the crime and it's impact on the victim.
  • Restorative Justice also gets the community involved. Through Community Justice Boards and Family Conferencing, the offender is held directly accountable to the community. This process brings the victim, offender and family, and community members together in deciding how to address the aftermath of the crime.
  • Each of the Restorative Justice processes ends with an agreement on how the offender will make amends for the harm caused by the crime. Restitution and Community Service are two traditional sanctions used to repair injury to the victim or community.


Disclaimer: The information contained in this site is made available as a public service to the general public and is not intended to serve as legal advice. You should consult a trained legal professional for questions you may have about the laws affecting juveniles or any legal interpretations.

For more information, call Pima County Juvenile Court
(520) 724-2000, fax 798-1942
or email us.