3 Ways Organizations React to the Challenge of Restorative Justice

Reimagining justice and relationships within organizations requires a change process. Accordingly, as we find ourselves in conversations with our clients and partners about justice, we’re also involved in a parallel conversation about organizational change. There is a lot to be learned about organizational change, and the inevitable resistance to it, with plenty of valuable information […]

The Culture of Restorative Justice (The Cultures United Podcast)

In October 2021, I was nervous, thrilled and honored to be invited to share on the “The Cultures United Podcast”.  I was in dialogue with Jemma and Mista B—two individuals with diverse experiences who had a ton of great questions about restorative justice.  Some of those questions included: How are your values and beliefs around […]

Establishing Community-System Partnerships

Across North America, there has been a recent and significant push to expand access to restorative justice processes for justice system-involved community members. In Oregon, the aim has been to provide true diversion (limited system involvement and community-based) for more serious and violent crimes. This expansion has also cultivated a push for stronger and more […]

Serving Crime Victims Through Restorative Justice

Serving Crime Victims Through Restorative Justice: A Resource Guide for Leaders and Practitioners

This practical guide created for restorative justice leaders and practitioners has been one of the most wide-reaching projects Just Outcomes has had the opportunity to lead. Funded by the Government of Canada and commissioned by the Alberta Restorative Justice Association, this Guide provides research to back up the practical navigation skills for how to align […]

Who’s Driving the RJ Bus? Race, Equity and Standards in Restorative Justice

It’s uncomfortable talking about privilege, power, control and race within a movement dedicated to justice. We want to believe we’re doing good! But I am convinced that achieving the potential of our movement will start with some reckoning. I don’t have answers, but I hope the experiences shared here will provide some food for thought […]

Restorative Justice and Sexualized Violence – New Conversations Emerging

Last month, I attended the Ending Violence Association of British Columbia’s (EVA BC’s) annual forum, “Supporting Survivors Across the Years.” I have worked alongside the Victim Services sector for almost a decade, so there were many familiar faces. But the conversations have changed. When I introduce myself, saying, “Hi, I’m Catherine and a lot of […]

Restorative Justice: a Framework for Juvenile Justice

“Restorative justice is a response to a harmful incident that seeks the inclusion of all involved, in efforts to meaningfully address the harm and restore trust in relationships.” – Just Outcomes There is a growing movement within the United States to establish an equitable and dignified criminal justice system that aligns with human needs and […]

Restorative Justice vs. Conflict Resolution: Assessing for Intervention

While “restorative justice” and “conflict resolution” both deal with issues of crisis in relationship, these disciplines differ somewhat in their basic assumptions, language, and goals. Discerning and choosing the discipline or “frame” best suited to the crisis at hand helps preserve the well-being of all parties, as well as societal and organizational ethics. Definitions and […]

Five Ways to See Justice Flourish Over the Holidays and Into the New Year

Looking forward to a little time to relax and unwind over the holidays?  Great!  Aren’t we all.  And the good news is that this “downtime” can also be a great time to take stock—not just about who’s been naughty and nice, but how YOU can put your best self forward, in your relationships and in […]

Bullying: 3 Principles of Victim-Centered Intervention for Leaders

From Columbine High School to Amanda Todd, recent decades have seen a renewed spotlight placed on the ancient human problem of bullying, or the systematic abuse of power. These and countless other tragedies have animated a new public resolve to confront bullying behaviour at its cultural roots, challenging the normalcy of interpersonal oppression in communities, […]