“Love and faithfulness meet together; righteousness and peace kiss each other.”
Psalm 85:10 (NIV)
In its essence, true justice is about making whole what has been broken. While punishment is vital, it is not the end goal of justice. This is where restorative justice comes in. It identifies the harm done, takes responsibility and works to restore and heal both victim and offender. AT PFC, while all our programs are restorative justice-focused, we have two specifically designed restorative justice programs.
THE SYCAMORE TREE
Our restorative justice program offers those who have caused harm to others through crime and those who have been harmed to gain a joint understanding of the impact of crime and proceed along the pathway to healing and transformation.
This program looks at an institution holistically supporting, equipping and teaching its staff and working alongside them with incarcerated individuals and victims on their pathway to healing.
“After her father has been killed, Michelle naturally experienced grief, hurt and anger. In the video Michelle offers a testimony of the impact that PFC’s Restorative Justice program had on her healing process.”
“Restorative justice, or a circle of redemption, looks principally to the future rather than to the past. It seeks more to rebuild than to cut out – that is, it is not primarily surgical, but curative”
T. Richard Snyder
“This is what the LORD Almighty said: ‘Administer true justice; show mercy and compassion to one another.
Zechariah 7:9 (NIV)