The Skidmore College Project on Restorative Justice conducts research, teaching, training, and technical assistance for restorative justice projects in schools, universities, communities, and the criminal justice system.
Restorative Justice is a philosophical approach that embraces the reparation of harm, healing of trauma, reconciliation of interpersonal conflict, reduction of social inequality, and reintegration of people who have been marginalized and outcast. RJ embraces community empowerment and participation, multipartial facilitation, active accountability, and social support. A central practice of restorative justice is a collaborative decision-making process that includes harmed parties, offenders, and others who are seeking to hold offenders accountable by having them:
- Accept and acknowledge responsibility for their offenses,
- to the best of their ability, repair the harm they caused to harmed parties and the community, and
- Work to rebuild trust by showing understanding of the harm, addressing personal issues, and building positive social connections.