<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

  • 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.

  • 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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