by No New Jim Crow Seattle Campaign (email@example.com)
- Transformative Justice (TJ) is an alternative to jail, prison, and punishments. Its purpose is to repair damaged relationships, encourage healing in individuals and communities so that they can thrive.
- TJ is victim-focused, offender-focused, repair-focused – as opposed to focused on laws broken, crimes committed, and punishments.
- TJ is community-focused — as opposed to individual-focused: the power for solving problems resides in the community rather than in the state.
- TJ asks who/why/what: who was harmed, why did the harm happen, what is necessary to repair the relationships damaged as a result of the harm, and who is responsible for the repair?
- TJ is concrete. It has a structure and a process.
- “Peace-Making Circles” or “Family Group Conferences”
- Skilled Facilitators who are members of the communities involved
- Designated places where the groups gather
- Clear process for all people being heard and understood
- TJ is already being practiced in large and small-scale ways in many places locally, nationally, and around the world, including:
- New Zealand, Australia
- Alaskan Indigenous People
- Florida (Dade County)
- Navajo People
- Clark County Juvenile Justice
- Bothell (Youth Court)
- Cleveland High School
- Other Schools in King County (Kent SD? Auburn SD?)
- City of Seattle East Precinct/Central District (pilot program currently underway)____________________________________________________________________________
A few other resources on transformative justice/restorative justice:
Howard Zehr, Changing Lenses, The Little Book of Restorative Justice, The Little Book of Family Group Conferences, New Zealand Style
Interview with Carolyn Boyes-Watson of Suffolk University, Boston: http://www.ikedacenter.org/thinker-themes/themes/restorative-justice/redefining-justice
Interesting “zines” – “Miklat, Miklat, a Restorative Justice Zine” and “Plan A” (Seattle, WISH)