Transforming the Criminal Justice System
Restorative Justice is an approach to correct the injustices and ineffectiveness of our criminal justice system. It fosters a system that responds to crime by restoration rather than retribution. The point of departure for Restorative Justice is the offense and the need for true reconciliation and healing among offenders, their victims and all parties involved within a community.
"Restorative justice is a theory of criminal justice that focuses on crime as an act against another individual or community rather than the state. The victim plays a major role in the process and receives some type of restitution from the offender." (From Wikipedia's Restorative Justice listing.)
Restorative Justice Ministries include but are not limited to:
- Prison Ministries
- Crime Victims Ministries
- Victim Offender Reconciliation Programs
- Victim Offender Mediation Programs
An interactive Restorative Justice Ministries section of the Global Ministries Web site is being developed with hyperlinks to outside organizations, United Methodist general agencies and other partners who focus their efforts on Restorative Justice. This new Web resource will connect to Restorative Justice projects and promote training and networking opportunities as well as stories of the work and accomplishments of projects that have been funded through the General Board of Global Ministries.
The United Methodist Church is convinced that the nation's leaders should give attention to the improvement of the total criminal justice system and to the elimination of social conditions that breed crime and cause disorder, rather than foster a false confidence in the effectiveness of the death penalty.
Restorative Justice Ministries
475 Riverside Drive, Room 1548
New York, NY 10115