A holistic approach to public safety must include full support and funding for restorative justice programs. This is especially important for youth crime. Restorative justice programs respond to youth crime through a lens of public health and public safety rather than one of punishment and isolation. Individuals are held accountable for their offenses but also develop relational and social competencies. At the same time, restorative justice balances the needs of the victim and promotes healing. The offender and the victim are able to be a part of and supported by the community. And as a community they develop solutions, decide reparations, and enhance public safety. Restorative justice transforms communities with proven results of decreased recidivism, decreased criminal justice costs, reduced victim post-trauma stress, and reduced retaliatory violence.
“Restorative justice transforms communities with proven results.”