Restorative Justice in the Local Paper
Recently the Fairview Community Restorative Justice Program was featured in our local paper. You can link to the photo here:
and here is the article which was written:
Restorative justice gives victims of crime the chance to meet with offenders to explain how they were affected by the crime, while allowing offenders to take responsibility and try to repair the damage they caused.
“Restorative justice helps victims heal by bringing a sense of closure and holding offenders responsible for their actions by understanding how they hurt others. Restorative justice shares our goal of reducing crime and making our communities safer.”
Jonathan Denis, Minister of Justice and Solicitor General
Thirteen organizations in Alberta are sharing $360,000 in grants through the Alberta Community Restorative Justice Grant program this year. Among them is Fairview Community Restorative Justice which will receive $29,500.
The funding can be used in several ways, including recruitment and training of volunteers, paying staff wages or raising awareness of the program for the benefit of victims of crime.
“We are thankful to receive this grant from the Alberta Government. Restorative Justice has been embedded in Calgary John Howard Society’s guiding principles since the 1980’s. This grant will support our Restorative Action For Transformation (RAFT) collaborative that works with young offenders to restore relationships and strengthen communities.”
Gord Sand, Executive Director Calgary John Howard Society
Participating in a restorative justice program is voluntary and it provides an alternative or supplement to any sentence.