The Government of Canada describes Restorative Justice as “an approach to justice that seeks to repair harm by providing an opportunity for those harmed and those who take responsibility for the harm to communicate about and address their needs in the aftermath to come.”
- Provides opportunities for victims, offenders, and communities affected by a crime to communicate (directly or indirectly) about the causes, circumstances and impact of that crime and to address their related needs.
- Uses processes, including conferences, dialogues, and circles, guided by skilled facilitators. These processes vary depending on the community, program, case, participants, or circumstances.
- May take place at all stages of the criminal justice system and can be used with adults and youth.
- Is based on an understanding that crime is a violation of people and relationships. The principles of restorative justice are based on respect, compassion, and inclusivity.
- Encourages meaningful engagement and accountability, and provides an opportunity for healing, reparation, and reintegration.
- Is used in every province and territory, and is supported by federal, provincial and territorial government programs, policies, and legislation.
Restorative Justice is used by communities, including Indigenous communities and as part of programs, as well as by police, courts and corrections. Restorative Justice contributes to a criminal justice system that is just, accessible, compassionate and fair, and promotes the safety and well-being of Canadians.
For more information visit: www.justice.gc.ca/eng/cj-jp/rj-jr/
Restorative Justice at the Saskatoon Police Service:
- Alternative Measures/Extrajudicial Sanctions Program
- Cooperative Policing Program
- Restorative Action Program
- Gang Exit Programs and Outreach Services
For more information regarding these programs, please contact Restorative Justice Coordinator, Sgt. Erica Weber at firstname.lastname@example.org