Restorative justice principals created for the

National Institute of Corrections in 1996


  1. Crime is an offense against human relationships.
  2. Victims and the community are central to justice processes.
  3. The first priority of justice processes is to assist victims.
  4. The second priority is to restore the community, to the degree possible.
  5. The offender has personal responsibility to victims and to the community for crimes committed.
  6. Stakeholders (victims, community & offenders) share responsibilities for restorative justice through partnerships for action.
  7. The offender will develop improved competency and understanding as a result of the restorative justice experience.