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What is restorative justice?

"Restorative justice represents a paradigm change from thinking about justice as a mechanism for social control to thinking about justice as a mechanism for social engagement," says Dr. Brenda Morrison, the director of Simon Fraser University's Centre for Restorative Justice. "We know that people who are engaged in healthy ways socially and emotionally make better decisions, and so restorative justice seeks to be socially and emotionally intelligent justice." "Conflict is a normal part of life. It can either shut us down, or it can provide us an opportunity to learn and grow and better understand each other. And that's what restorative justice is." "Because it's emotionally intelligent, [restorative justice] repairs that visceral aftermath that we experience in injustice."