<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. This approach promotes justice, reparation, and resolution for people and communities that have been harmed; addresses accountability and personal development for people who have caused harm; supports reintegration into a full community life; and treats all involved parties with respect.

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

  • Restorative Justice in Illinois: State Legislation and Community Court in Cook County

    Join Friends of Restorative Justice and the Dispute Resolution Center of Washtenaw County for a panel discussion about restorative justice use in Cook County, Illinois and relatively new Illinois state legislation  that ensures victims and offenders have the right to restorative justice.

    Our guests will be The Honorable Patricia Spratt of the Cook County North Lawndale Restorative Justice Community Court and Attorney Patrick Keenan-Devlin, Executive Director of the James B. Moran Center for Youth Advocacy. The discussion will be moderated by Washtenaw County Circuit Judge Patrick Conlin.

    This is the fourth event in the ‘A Case for Restorative Justice’ Education Series.

    Date: Thursday, May 18, 2023 at 7:00 – 8:30 p.m. via zoom. 

    Register at thedisputeresolutioncenter.org/acaseforrestorativejusticeeducationseries/

    Link will be provided upon registration.

  • Video Available: Intersectionality of Mental Disorders, Incarceration, and Restorative Justice

    A video recording of the recent panel discussion, “Intersectionality of Mental Disorders, Incarceration, and Restorative Justice” is now available on YouTube. This was the third presentation by Friends of Restorative Justice and the Dispute Resolution Center in the series, “A Case for Restorative Justice Education Series”. A playlist including the full series of recordings can also be found on the Friends of Restorative Justice YouTube channel.

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