The restorative justice approach is an alternative to the prevailing ineffective punitive judicial system. Research into restorative justice indicates that it consistently outperforms other approaches in reducing reoffending: It addresses victim and offender needs, helps to repair harm and works to restore relationships. Maryknoll Missionary Joanne Blaney has worked with restorative justice practices in Brazil for many years, and has experience with juvenile justice, religious and educational groups, neighborhood communities and in prisons. She will illustrate the hopes and lessons that can be drawn from this very Christian approach to social justice and peace.
Joanne Blaney, Maryknoll Missionary
Fr. Valdir João Silveira, Head of Brazil’s National Prison Ministry Pastoral