We believe that when young people commit crimes if they're given the opportunity to accept responsibility for their actions and are given a way to repair the harm done they are very likely to heal the mindset that fostered the decision making leading to their current situation. Importantly, this includes healing the harm done to themselves.
This not only cuts down on crime in the short and long term it also holds positive economic impacts in our communities, and immeasurable qualitative impacts on that individual, their quality of life and the positive social contributions they are able to make to the communities they live in.
Restorative justice participants' recidivism rates were low, with only 8.2% of youth re-offending either during or in the one year after participation in restorative justice. This is compared to 31.5% recidivism rates when prosecuted through the judicial system.
Survey results highlight program effectiveness:
•91% of victim respondents surveyed (101 responses) from 2014 to May 2019 indicated they strongly agree or agree that the restorative justice process met their needs in response to the case.
•92% of offender respondents surveyed (74 responses) from 2014 to May 2019, indicated they strongly agree or agree that there were able to repair the harm caused to the victim.