Restorative Justice

The Center assists women in the criminal justice system in making a successful transition to their families and communities through practicing and promoting restorative justice.

Restorative justice is the process of recognizing the impact of our words and actions on others, repairing harm and taking responsibility for our actions and improving our behavior as members of our community.

When we act restoratively, we are respectful, responsible and open to learning.

Clients participate in reparative activities including community service, family strengthening and self improvement.

Staff, board and volunteers utilize restorative practices in our work including decision making and communication.

  • There are now 15 Juvenile Courts in the state that have implemented restorative justice principles and practices in the disposition of at least some of their cases.
  • The Department of Corrections, in addition to its reparative program and Impact of Crime on Victims classes in the correctional facilities, is facilitating Victim Offender Dialogue in crimes of severe violence.
  • The Division of Probation & Parole of the Department of Corrections, in addition to its reparative boards, is also making Impact of Crime on Victims classes available through all of its district offices.
  • Several school districts in Missouri have now incorporated restorative justice practices in their curricula and in the way they are responding to disciplinary cases.
  • Restorative justice practices are being used or developed in several adult courts, including Victim Impact Panels (Lincoln and Greene Counties) and Victim/Offender Dialogues (Greene County and the City of Columbia).

Resources for Restorative Justice Information

St. Louis Resources

Get connected with the restorative movement in St. Louis

Perennial is helping make St. Louis more sustainable and creative

Prison Performing Arts, bringing the arts into prisons across Missouri

St. Louis Family Court Neighborhood Accountability Boards

City of St. Louis Circuit Attorneys Office, Victim Services Units

Crime Victims Advocacy Center Learn More

Community Mediation Services of St. Louis

Community Conflict Services of Metropolitan St. Louis

Missouri Resources

Find out what is happening across Missouri

The Center for Dispute Resolution, Missouri State University

Community Mediation Center, of Kansas City

Missouri Department of Corrections Learn More

Nation-Wide Resources

International Institute for Restorative Practices

Lorenn Walker is doing some amazing work in Hawaii prisons

National Conference on Restorative Justice

National Association of Community and Restorative Justice (NACRJ)

Restorative Rochester Learn More

International & Cyberspace Resources

Restorative Justice Online Learn More

Eastern Mennonite University Conflict Transformation Program

Alternatives to Violence Project United States

Alternatives to Violence Project International

Howard Zehrs’ Restorative Justice Blog

Hull Center for Restorative Practice

Restorative Solutions

Prison Fellowship International

Mediators Beyond Borders International Learn more