Restoratve justice training offered in Terrace, B.C.

It's free and lunch is provided for three-day course

The Terrace RCMP together with the Terrace Restorative Justice Society are organizing a Community Justice Facilitator Training course on April 29, 30 and May 1.

Restorative justice is a process used to right the wrongs that may have resulted when a crime was committed.

It is a type of ‘community healing’ and recognizes that crime is wrong and should not occur but also understands that imprisonment is not an ideal solution, indicates information provided by the RCMP.

It deals with crime outside of a court setting.

“Both the offender and the victim are present and they both come up with a solution to re-build the relationship that was damaged by the crime,” says the informattion from the RCMP.

The RCMP intself favours forums in which an offender, victim and their families or supporters are brought together under the guidance of a trained facilitator.

“Together they discuss the offence, how they have all been affected, and jointly develop a plan to correct what has occurred. Offenders must accept responsibility for their own actions. They are confronted with how their behavior affected the victim personally – and they hear it directly from their victim,” says the information from the RCMP.

“The conversations are often difficult and emotional, so a neutral, impartial and well trained facilitator is present to guide the conversation. Each is encouraged to speak openly, honestly and fully.”

“Sometimes it is enough for the offender to apologize and return what was taken or fix what was broken. Other agreements may include community service work, counseling, or addictions treatment for the offender. Other solutions are possible, and welcomed.”

More information is available by calling Tracey Davidson at (250)975-1769 or Constable Angela Rabut at (250)638-7429.

This course is free and open to all. Lunch is provided. Seating is limited.