PFC recognizes that restoring the prison is equally important to restoring the prisoner. The Restorative Prison project looks at an institution holistically, supporting and teaching both staff and residents in the principles of Restorative Justice from a Biblical perspective.
INSTITUTIONAL STAFF TRAINING
Staff training consists of a three-part training process that equips and prepares Youth Services Officers (YSOs) and Managers in Mental Health First Aid, Trauma-informed care, and Restorative Justice training.
Prisoners participate in The Sycamore Tree program (based on the story of Zaccheus) which requires both individual and circle work. PFC also offers Restorative Justice topical sessions.
The program begins with pre-contemplative work such as understanding the history, scope and application of Restorative Justice, understanding the relationship between crime, individual sin, collective sin and harm as well as a meaningful experience with victim empathy.
The work continues at the contemplative level as participants work through active versus passive responsibility, barriers to confession, truth-telling, behavioural change (repentance), hearing the victim’s story, absorbing and understanding the impact of the victim’s story, writing an apology, sharing their own story, making amends, symbolic restitution, peacebuilding and peacekeeping, and finally making meaning through reflection and learning of their own crime.
He has shown you, O mortal, what is good. And what does the LORD require of you? To act justly and to love mercy and to walk humbly with your God.
MICAH 6:8 (NIV)