Walking the Talk

Developing Ethics Frameworks for the Practice of Restorative Justice

Author: Susan Sharpe

“Restorative justice is widely known and championed for its commitment to core values. Yet even the deepest commitment to those values is not enough—not enough to ensure the quality of an organization’s work, or the long term stability of that organization, or even the survival of restorative justice as an improved way to respond to crime and other kinds of injustice. As important as certain values are to the foundation of restorative justice, they are not necessarily a one-size-fits-all. They need to be tailored to fit, in order to help the organization function well.

This document invites you to decide for yourself which values will guide your organization through the particular forest it works in, and suggests ways for you to discern what those values call you to do—in the unique circumstances created by the context of your community, the skills, resources and challenges your agency happens to have, and the aspirations and commitments of the people currently working in it.” 
(from the Introduction)

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