Objectives

To promote restorative justice/mediation services for the public benefit as a means of resolving conflict and promoting reconciliation by:

a)  Promoting the use of restorative justice in the criminal justice system, in schools, in the workplace and elsewhere in the community in situations where conflict may arise.

b)  Advancing education and research on restorative justice and the publication of the useful results of that research.

c)  To provide alternative methods (Restorative Justice – mediation services) of dealing with crime, wrongdoing and conflicts to young people and local communities

d)  To assist t young people at-risk of offending (in care) to deal with conflicts through mediation with families  and train them to gain an understanding of the Criminal Justice Process

e)  To promote family and community cohesion – hence crime prevention amongst migrants population and local community members

f)  To contribute and promote a safer and stronger community through alternative disputes resolution and mediation

g)  To assist in the reintegration of ex-offenders and to provide Restorative Justice Meetings to incarcerated offenders to give them an opportunity to make amends to their victims.

h) To advance the education and training of migrant communities and their dependents in need thereof so as to advise them in life and assist them to adapt within a new community

i)  To assist crime victims in their healing and offenders to take responsibility for their actions.


Restorative justice is a process whereby

a)   all the parties with a stake in a particular conflict or offence come together to resolve collectively how to deal with its aftermath and its implications for the future, and

b)   Offenders have the opportunity to acknowledge the impact of what they have done and to make reparation, and the victims have the opportunity to have their harm or loss acknowledged and amends made.


Recidivism

Restorative processes have as their goal attempting to meet the needs of all parties affected by crime – victims, offenders and communities. Preventing recidivism is often used as a long-term measure of the “effectiveness” of such programmes; clearly, such prevention benefits offenders directly, and more broadly, benefits communities. There has been some concern that the demonstrable outcome of reduction in recidivism should not be the only measure of effectiveness, but rather that it should be placed in a broader context that includes the range of restorative goals.   “Healing to crimes, reintegration of offenders,  reduce prison overcrowding, police and court case loads and cost of prosecutions”.