The John Howard Society of Sault Ste. Marie provides restorative practice (justice) services to the community. These services are offered on a fee for service basis.
Restorative justice recognizes that crime has an effect on everyone – the harmed, the harmer, and the community. Thus, there is a need to make things right.
In restorative practice we want to know what does the one harmed need to do to move forward? How has the community been affected by the harm committed, and how can they believe that change will be made? Why did the harmer choose to commit the harm, and what will make them less likely to do so in the future?
The goal is to have fewer people struggling with the aftermath of harm. This can be accomplished through assessing and caring for the needs of the harmed, the harmer and the community and then taking necessary steps to reduce future harm.