- to get harms repaired
- to get this done with respect
- to learn from each other's suffering
- to leave people empowered to lead law-abiding lives.
What we surely all want from Restorative Justice in the wake of a crime is for action to be taken; actions that work for victims, offenders, communities and the criminal justice system. Actions that generate a healthier future for us all, having 'sucked the marrow' out of the conflicts and pains we've been through.
A justice system that respects all, restores dignity, heals social rifts and can easily win public confidence is 'The Holy Grail'.
In relation to this holy grail, I no know one better than Dominic Barter to talk to; the guy who is (to me) the most inspiring restorative practioner in the world, Dom's work has been summarised in the report entitled 'Radical Efficiency',p42-45, 2010,NESTA -London.
(NB NESTA is the National Endowment for Science, Technology and the Arts ).
Please note that NESTA has funded the first stages of setting up the 'Safeground team' in which I work. Safeground -and Restorative Technology Ltd- has produced software (under wraps) for a facilitated web communication tool for restorative justice.
NESTA has also chosen Safeground as one of their 10 case studies of digital disruption:
All 10 Case studies and some valuable introduction about Digital Disruption is at:
Further updates will follow in relation to:
- Safeground1 (facilitated by a number of youth offending teams)
- Safeground2 (restorative approaches for the wider general population).