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Restorative Justice is the idea that the punishment for a crime should focus on repairing the harm caused rather than punishing an offense. It has become influential in criminal justice, police, and prison reform movements in recent years. Below you will find key terms, statistics, and other useful tools to understand and talk about Restorative Justice. If you would like to know more, consider coming to an IYC event. Our next one can be found below in the section labeled Our Events. We host them virtually, on a wide range of topics, discussing policy, civics, and current events.
Key Terms You Should Know
Focus on repairing the harm caused rather than punitive justice focused on punishing an offense.
Less offensive than felon, criminal, convict, ex-con
Systemic changes to the current criminal justice process.
The tendency for reoffending to occur.
A set of interventions, usually treatment and training, designed to optimize reintroduction to general society.
Moments In History
1821 - Auburn Prison Disaster
1971 - War on Drugs declared by President Nixon with increased enforcement by President Reagan
1997 - Greenhouse Garden Program on Rikers Island Prison, NY
1865 - 13th Amendment abolishes slavery except as punishment for a crime
1982 - First Victim Impact Panels introduced by MADD
According to the Pew Charitable Trusts, more than 40% offenders return to prison within 3 years. By contrast, Planting Justice says the recidivism rate for the men who go through the garden program is 10%.
Prison Policy Initiative states that prisoners make 0.62/hr, but they work 8 hrs/day
According to the Federal Bureau of Prisons,13% Black Americans in U.S population, 38% of people in prison are Black.
Based on FY 2020 data, the average annual COIF for a Federal inmate in a Federal facility in FY 2020 was $120.59 per day. The average annual COIF for a Federal inmate in a Residential Reentry Center for FY 2020 was $97.44 per day.
Central Park Five
Craftivism Event Video
As you make your own bracelet, you will learn about the prison system, prison reform, and what is meant by restorative justice. Attendees chose from leather or velvet as the base for their metal stud bracelet. You can follow the instructions to make a version of this craft with your own supplies. No experience necessary. You can also make an event out of it yourself by hosting your own Craftivism: Restorative Justice Discussion Party. Feel free to share this video with others! (Not for commercial use)
Commit to one Restorative Justice friendly action a week.
Correct the narrative when someone stereotypes.
Share our infographic.
Familiarize yourself with some of the people discussed at innocenceproject.org.
Research how prisoners are integrated back into a community.