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What is Restorative Justice?

Restorative Justice is an approach that focuses on addressing and repairing harms caused by holding the wrong doer responsible for their actions. The person(s) harmed, the wrong doer and their families meet with trained facilitators to discuss the offence and jointly develop a plan to repair the harm that has occurred.  This restorative process addresses both the causes and the consequences of offending- personal, relational and societal, in ways that promote accountability, healing and justice.

The Rural Red Deer Restorative Justice program is available to young non-violent wrong doers (between 12 years and 25 years of age) and those they have harmed, who reside in or who are served by Blackfalds RCMP K division or Lacombe Police services. 


Who we are

  • Registered non-profit society
  • Partners with the Blackfalds RCMP
  • Coordinated and operated by community volunteers
  • Oversight by Community Advisory Council and the Red Deer County Police Advisory Committee
  • Supported by Red Deer and Lacombe Counties
  • Member of the Alberta Restorative Justice Association

Vision

Rural Red Deer communities value, support and utilize Restorative Justice processes as a first response to non-violent harms.

Mission

  • To provide those who have been harmed an opportunity to share the impact of the harm with the person who has harmed them and to identify actions that would repair that harm.
  • To provide young offenders from rural Red Deer communities with an opportunity to avoid entering the criminal justice system by accepting responsibility for their actions and repairing the harm caused to all others by those actions.

Principles

  • Focus on the harm not the rules broken
  • Restore trust through empowerment and responding to needs
  • Provide opportunities for open dialogue in a safe space
  • Encourage collaboration and reintegration not coercion and isolation.

Values

  • Participation
  • Respect
  • Honesty
  • Humility
  • Interconnectedness
  • Accountability
  • Empowerment
  • Hope

Key Objectives

  • To provide a safe, timely, accessible, acceptable, appropriate and effective community-based response to crime as an alternate justice program.
  • To provide high-quality service to all participants in a restorative process – person(s) harmed, wrongdoers and members of the wider community. 
  • To support satisfaction in results achieved with person(s) harmed, wrongdoers, referral agents and community
  • To increase  level of empathy between person(s) harmed and wrongdoers.
  • To increase level of accountability with wrongdoers.

What’s the difference between the Restorative Justice process and the Traditional Justice System?

Restorative Justice
Traditional Justice System
  • Voluntary
  • Accountability
  • Understand
  • Repair harm
  • Support offender to improve
  • Mandatory
  • Punishment
  • Blame
  • Ignore Harm
  • Abandon offender to worsen

Expected Outcomes

Short Term

  • Offender Accountability
  • Repaired harms
  • Repaired relationships
  • Victim satisfaction

Long Term

  • Reduction in recidivism
  • Lowered crime rates
  • Optimized Court use
  • Cost effective justice system
  • Individuals feel safe and connected to their communities.

Want to help build safer communities?

The program is always in need of the following:

  • Donations or Sponsorships
  • Volunteers
    • Become a Case Facilitator
    • Individuals, programs or businesses who are willing to provide employment opportunities for youth
    • Individuals, groups or programs who are able to offer training/education and skill development opportunities for youth
    • Volunteers to support fund raising activities
    • Individuals with skills to help build community awareness campaigns and social media strategies

If you are interested in supporting the Rural Red Deer Restorative Justice Program, please contact the Program Coordinator Debbie Leitch: debbie@rrdrestorativejustice.ca

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