What happens at a Restorative Justice conference?

When victims and offenders sit down and meet at a Restorative Justice Conference,what is said remains confidential. When people talk about their experience of restorative justice (such as on this website), it’s because everyone involved in the meeting has agreed to going public.

Actual word for word records of Restorative Justice conferences are rarely available to the public.

The ones featured here are accurate accounts of real RJ meetings that have taken place. Every name has been changed or anonymised as have other identifying features such as times, locations and place names. All copyright remains with Why me?.

The Mugger

This is a record of a Restorative Justice Conference that took place inside a prison in the UK between an offender in his 20s and the young man (about the same age) who he’d been found guilty of mugging a few months previously. The young man’s mother was also present. The offender was around half way through his sentence and was on a prison programme aimed at getting him off drugs. Read the full record →

The Burglar

Opening the door

This is a record of a Restorative Justice Conference that took place inside a prison in the UK between an offender in his late 40s and seven people: three couples whose homes he’d burgled and a man whose late mother’s house he’d tried to break into. The burglaries and attempted break-in were all committed on the same “spree” in the same area about four months before the meeting took place. The offender was a couple of months into a seven year sentence. Read the full record →

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