<strong>Friends of Restorative Justice</strong>

Friends of Restorative Justice

Bringing Restorative Justice to Washtenaw County, Michigan and Beyond

Our Mission: to pursue a balanced and restorative approach to crime and conflict that promotes justice, reparation, and resolution for victims and the community, while also addressing accountability, personal development, and reintegration of the offender into productive community life, with respectful treatment for all involved parties.

Our Vision: We envision a humane system of justice that respects the basic dignity and value of every person, whether they were harmed by crime or conflict or whether they caused the harm, a justice system that restores rather than punishes. We seek a community where those in conflict know they have the option to repair the harm through restorative justice.

Important News and Events

  • Conversation with Robert Burton-Harris

    Thursday, August 11, 2022, 7 pm, the Dispute Resolution Center and Friends of Restorative Justice will host a conversation with Robert-Burton Harris. This is the second event in the “A Case for Restorative Justice” Education Series. You must register here for this Zoom webinar. Do not use the link in the flyer.

  • Restorative Justice Training in West Michigan

    The Dispute Resolution Center of West Michigan (DRCWM) is hosting a Restorative Practices Training event at Wyoming Public Schools.

    You can attend 2-day or 4-day Restorative Practices courses on July 25-28th.  DRCWM is committed to making this course accessible to all regardless of ability to pay. If the cost of the training is a barrier, please reach out to the DRCWM and they will work with you.

    This in-person learning opportunity is expected to be an engaging and important professional development opportunity with trainers with hundreds of hours of experience facilitating within the community. Increase and sharpen your skills to build and repair relationships though restorative communication, impromptu conversations, restorative circles, and restorative justice conferencing. Build Connections where you are: home, community, schools, criminal justice system, Be the Change!

    You can sign up for the course here. For more information, please visit DRCWM.org, email info@drcwm.org or call 616-774-0121.

    Wyoming Public Schools
    3575 Gladiola Ave.
    Wyoming, MI 49519

  • Washtenaw County Prosecutor Restorative Justice Policy Is Live

    The Washtenaw County Prosecutor’s Office, in partnership with the Dispute Resolution Center, today announced the creation of a robust, survivor-centered restorative-justice program. Under the program, crime survivors will be given a choice as to whether they want a case to proceed through the traditional criminal legal system—or whether they want to opt for restorative justice as an alternative.

    See the full press release…

    See the policy statement…

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