The Restorative Justice Committee
The Restorative Justice (RJ) Committee of the IAAOC was formed in 2015 with the intention of publicizing information about and generating interest in RJ principles as a viable alternative to the current criminal justice system. The heart of the RJ movement is founded in a justice paradigm that privileges the voice of the community by focusing on healing rather than punitive action. Restorative justice privileges the voice of the community and focuses upon restoring balance and healing rather than punishment and inequities. Our goal is to advocate for a more equitable, humane justice system.
We hope to raise awareness of RJ principles and practices within the counseling profession.
We hope to provide counselors with resources for research, practice, pedagogy, and/or participation in RJ initiatives.
We intend to advocate for systemic changes that invite a collaborative, dialogue-driven, community-based approach to criminal and other harmful behavior.
We support the removal of substance use disorders out of the jurisdiction of the criminal justice system and into province of the mental health system, such that those suffering from substance related difficulties might receive appropriate treatment as opposed to prison sentences.
Compiling an annotated bibliography of related conceptual and research studies related to RJ.
We are in the developmental stage and actively soliciting ideas for future projects. We welcome any and all input from members and interested parties.