University of Denver College of Law
This seminar will examine the
philosophy and practice of Restorative Justice.
Restorative Justice, which is also sometimes called
Balanced and Restorative Justice, is an approach to criminal
justice. Central to the practice of Restorative Justice is a
conception of crime as harm to the community. The goals of
Restorative Justice include holding the offender accountable for the
harm to the community, repairing that harm to the extent possible, and
developing competency in the offender so that the offender makes better
future choices. Accountability, repair of harm, and development of
future competency take place within mediated processes that balance the
concerns of the victim, offender, and community.