The Forgiveness Project are delighted to again be supporting Restorative Justice Week 2021, 21 – 28 November by sharing resources with prisons and probation in England and Wales.
Restorative Justice is a process that supports dialogue between those affected by crime or conflict and those responsible for that harm. It primarily views crime as injury rather than wrong-doing, and justice as healing rather than punishment.
We are sharing resources which explore the stories of people who have been through a restorative justice process as part of a week-long programme. We hope this will support people in prison and probation to consider taking part in a restorative justice process themselves.
This is the second year we have partnered on this work and this year the programme is taking place in seven prisons and young offender institutions as well as being made available to certain probation services.
This partnership grew out of RESTORE, our intensive group-based intervention programme that supports prisoners in their process of change towards desistance from crime. RESTORE demonstrates the power of transformative dialogue and supports the experience of bearing witness to each other’s lived stories within a safe, and non-judgemental space. 98% of participants complete the course and of those 42% of RESTORE participants request further exploration into restorative justice conferencing.