Criminal justice systems in most countries are in trouble:
All of this calls for a new approach to criminal justice—one that emphasizes relationships, accountability, human rights, healing, and transformation.
Restorative justice is a global movement offering this new approach. At Prison Fellowship International, we are convinced restorative justice is an important contemporary expression of biblical justice.
Restorative justice has been shown to reduce costs within the criminal justice system, lower repeat offender rates, reduce post-traumatic stress in victims of crime, and increase the number of cases brought to justice.
Our restorative justice initiatives include:
Centre for Justice & Reconciliation. The Centre promotes two groundbreaking programs that reflect restorative justice principles and values:
Sycamore Tree Project®. Based on the story of Jesus and Zacchaeus in the Book of Luke, the tax collector who agreed to repay people he had cheated, this project brings victims into prisons to meet with offenders and discuss issues related to crime and its consequences. The program is used in 34 countries with more than 3,500 victims and prisoners participating. Research shows it changes offender attitudes so they no longer view crime as acceptable.
Communities of Restoration. These are 24-hour, 7-day-a-week intensive prison regimes operated by Prison Fellowship International affiliates around the world. They are designed to reduce offending behavior through character-focused, faith-based programming. Prisoners learn to participate in responsible, giving, trust-filled relationships.
Public Policy Advocacy and Education
The Centre also engages in activities to influence decision-makers who create public policy. Examples of our advocacy include:
We provide the Restorative Justice Online Library (restorativejustice.org) and an International Diploma in Restorative Justice in collaboration with Queen’s University in Canada.Back to top