Restorative Justice Basic Practitioner Training

Restorative Justice Basic Practitioner Training: 10/24-25/2019

Dates: October 24, 25 from 9AM- 5PM

Location: Gainesville, Florida

This two-day experiential training introduces teachers, law enforcement, social service providers and community members to the core principles and practices of Restorative Justice Circles. Participants learn the difference between a punitive and restorative approach. It is a process that offers both victims and those who caused harm an opportunity to seek answers and accountability to begin to repair the damage caused by conflict and/or crime. Over the course of the training, participants engage in role plays and activities which put theory into practice.

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Restorative Justice is a spectrum of formal and informal practices that address conflict by seeking to repair and prevent harm.  Whereas punitive justice focuses on who is at fault and imposing consequences or punishment, Restorative Justice addresses the impact of harm by giving voice to those affected, including victims and other community stakeholders. It helps to restore and repair relationships by asking and addressing:

  • What happened?

  • What was the impact?

  • How can we repair the harm?

  • What can be done to prevent this from happening again?    

Restorative approaches have been used successfully in the criminal justice system, schools, and communities around the world.  Some of the benefits of a restorative approach include:

  1. Reduced recidivism. Studies show Restorative Justice has a high success rate in reducing unproductive, repeat behaviors.

  2. Increased community safety. As harm is repaired and recidivism declines, communities are safer.

  3. More efficient use of community resources. Restorative Justice saves money by employing creative solutions, implemented at the local level.

  4. Victim empowerment. Victims participate fully in the process, getting answers to their questions and letting offenders know how amends can be made.

  5. Victims needs are acknowledged and addressed. Because their voices are heard, victims experience greater opportunities for healing and satisfaction with the process.  

  6. Opportunities for offenders to make amends. Restorative Justice allows for truth-telling and the expression of remorse, benefitting victims and offenders.

  7. Support and resourcing. Restorative Justice attends to the unique needs and concerns of the offender as a member of the larger community, by making use of resources available in that community.

  8. Higher rates of satisfaction and completion. The process is voluntary, resulting in greater investment and buy-in from all participants.