Introduction to Restorative Justice
Restorative Justice is a framework of principles and values which focus on addressing the needs of those impacted by harm through relational processes of accountability and repair. Restorative Justice values and principles are applicable in response to harm as well as in its prevention and cessation through relational community building and problem solving.
The core questions of Restorative Justice when applied to an incident of harm are:
- Who was hurt?
- What are their needs?
- Who has responsibility to address those needs?
- What process should be used including those who have been affected?
Restorative Justice principles are applied in a wide variety of settings: criminal justice system, education, organizations, and communities.
Restorative Justice in Kansas
KIPCOR seeks to network, resource, and support restorative justice initiatives across the state of Kansas in all spheres of application.
- In April 2018, KIPCOR hosted the inaugural Restorative Kansas Conference, the first ever statewide conference on Restorative Justice. For more information about the conference and the workshops which were held, visit the archived conference page. RESTORATIVE KANSAS 2023 COMING SOON!
- KIPCOR’s Restorative Schools Initiative (RSI) trains and supports districts, schools, teachers, and educational personnel in restorative practices. Those who have completed RSI training can join the Kansas Restorative Schools Network (KRSN), designed to support collaboration, mutual learning communities, and continued education for all those implementing restorative practices in their schools. To learn more, visit the Restorative Schools Initiative page.
- KIPCOR provides an interactive introduction to restorative justice. Contact us directly to book this opportunity for your group, workplace, church, and more.