Learn about restorative justice

TERRACE RESTORATIVE Justice Society and police hold Community Justice Facilitator Training course for those interested.

  • Oct. 29, 2013 5:00 a.m.

TERRACE RCMP and the Terrace Restorative Justice Society are organizing a Community Justice Facilitator Training course on November 15, 16, and 17th. This course is free and open to all. Lunch is provided. Seating is limited.

A trained Community Justice Facilitator guides a Restorative Justice process that deals with crime outside of a court room setting. Restorative Justice recognizes that crime is wrong and should not occur but also understands that sometimes court and imprisonment are not ideal solutions. In a Restorative Justice setting, both the offender and the victim are present. Offenders must accept responsibility for their own actions. They are confronted with how their behaviour affected the victim personally – and they hear it directly from their victim. Each is encouraged to speak openly, honestly and fully. The conversations are often difficult and emotional, so a neutral, impartial and well trained facilitator is present to guide the conversation. Together the offender and victim create a plan that will right the harm caused by the crime. This plan must satisfy the needs of everyone. 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, counselling, or addictions treatment for the offender. Other solutions are possible, and welcomed.

The benefits of Restorative Justice

Very cost effective, There is closure and healing for the victim, The crime is addressed quicker with restorative justice than if the court was involved, Both parties are heard, The whole issue is taken under consideration before a decision is made, The community is part of the decision making process, Repairs relationships that were harmed by crime.

This training to become a Community Justice Facilitator will be held in the Terrace Fire Hall meeting room on November 15, 4 p.m. to 8:30 p.m., November 16 and 17th, 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

To register or get more information email Cst Angela Rabut at angela.rabut@rcmp-grc.gc.ca or call 250-638-7429.