The conventional response to crime does not always address the needs of the victim and fails to rehabilitate the offender. The criminal justice system and, increasingly, our schools, focus on laws and rules broken rather than healing the harm that is suffered. The Restorative Justice Project of the Midcoast addresses these issues as well as our country's high incarceration rate by: 1) Helping to repair injury done to victims. 2) Holding offenders accountable and encouraging them to take responsibility for the harm they caused. 3) Offering rehabilitative alternatives to jail or suspension and expulsion from school. 4) Reintegrating offenders into the community. 5) Engaging the community as partners in restorative responses to crime.
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