Name
Michigan Catholic Conference
Phone
(800) 395-5565
Fax
(517) 372-3940
Address
510 S. Capitol Ave.
Lansing, MI 48933

Restorative Justice

Restorative justice emphasizes repairing the damage done by crime rather than focusing on retribution. Our system of justice should focus on rehabilitation of the offender, repairing the harm done to victims of crime, and restoring a sense of safety to communities. Criminal offenders must be punished, but in a way that enables them to return to the community as productive members of society. Victims of crime must receive restitution that includes physical and emotional health services. Citizens should feel safe in their communities and not live in fear of crime and violence. In order to advance restorative justice, the Conference supports:

  • Policies that seek to reduce violence in society, including the reduction of gun violence,
  • Policies that provide just compensation to crime victims, and treatment for their physical and emotional injuries,
  • Policies that incentivize intensive probation programming in order to reduce recidivism,
  • Adequate state funding to ensure accused indigent persons receive professional legal representation,
  • Sentencing guidelines and parole practices that reflect an individual’s potential threat to society, and
  • Elimination of life without parole sentencing for juveniles convicted as adults, and the opportunity for a parole hearing for those sentenced as juveniles prior to the U.S. Supreme Court decision in Miller vs. Alabama.

“Our tasks are to restore a sense of civility and responsibility to everyday life, and promote crime prevention and genuine rehabilitation.” — Responsibility, Rehabilitation, and Restoration, 2000

Name
Michigan Catholic Conference
Phone
(800) 395-5565
Fax
(517) 372-3940
Email
Address
510 South Capitol Avenue
Lansing, Michigan 48933
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