C5 Restorative Justice Program Restorative justice is a philosophical framework that has been proposed as an alternative to the current way of thinking about crime and criminal justice. Restorative justice emphasizes the ways in which crime harms relationships in the context of community.
Crime is viewed as a violation of the victim and the community, not a violation of the state. As a result, the offender becomes accountable to the victim and the community.
Restorative justice defines accountability for offenders in terms of taking responsibility for actions, and taking action to repair the harm caused to the victim and community. Restorative justice provides for active participation by the victim, the offender and the community in the process of repairing the fabric of community peace.