<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

  • A Different Approach to Sex Crimes: The Case for Survivor-Centered Restorative Justice

    Tuesday, January 17, 2023, 7 pm, the Connecticut organization One Standard of Justice will offer a webinar titled “A Different Approach to Sex Crimes: The Case for Survivor-Centered Restorative Justice”. Panelists will include Alissa Ackerman, Connecticut Sen. Gary Winfield, Moe Miller and Kevin Lynch. Registration now open at: https://onestandardofjustice.org/zoom/a-different-approach-to-sex-crimes.

  • 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.

  • Intersectionality of Mental Disorders, Incarceration and Restorative Justice

    Thursday, December 8, 2022, 7–8:30 pm the Dispute Resolution Center and Friends of Restorative Justice will host a panel discussion titled “Intersectionality of Mental Disorders, Incarceration and Restorative Justice”. This is the third event in the ‘A Case for Restorative Justice’ Education Series. The discussion will feature Thomas L. Hafesmeister of the University of Virginia, Derrick Jackson of the Washtenaw County Sheriff’s Office, and Michigan State Representative Felicia Brabec. This is a Zoom webinar and you must register to attend.

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