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Strengthening the community through restorative justice circles

When priests and sisters in our Precious Blood religious community sat down to speak of their experiences working with incarcerated children and families of incarcerated children, we decided to create a ministry of reconciliation. Our ministry works to bring about peace and reconciliation in neighborhoods that are affected by violence. One such way we do this is through our restorative justice circles. Based on Jesus’ example of love and encounter we bring together victims and offenders to provide an alternative way to heal the wounds caused by crimes in the communities which we serve. Our restorative justice circles help restore peace by empowering communities to choose alternatives to retribution that can stop the cycle of violence, such as mentorship, education and job training. The circle process is restorative, increases community ownership for all involved and makes communities safer.