From more than 20 years of experience in many thousands of cases and more than 42 empirical studies, it has clearly been found to be a practical and time tested approach that results in many positive outcomes for victims, offenders, family members, and the larger community.
Restorative measures in schools provides a framework for administrators to address true accountability for offenders, the needs of victims ... and a process to develop a supportive learning community, recognizing that by taking the time to do that, we improve academics, strengthen school connectedness and increase safety.
Research on family group conferences demonstrates that they can contribute to lessening the chance of re-offending even when other important factors such as adverse early experiences and subsequent life events are taken into account.
I am continually humbled by human capacities for openness, heart-centered connecting, humility, compassion, understanding, and love. I find that restorative justice in general and peacemaking circles in particular help us connect with our deepest and best selves and bring these dimensions of ourselves to some of the hardest challenges we face.