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Restorative Justice Committee

We meet regularly at
Sherman Perk

Date TBA, 2015
Circlekeeper Gathering
The Alliance School


August 25, 2015
Circle Facilitator Training at
The Alliance School

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What Is Restorative Justice?

Restorative Justice is a principle-driven approach to crimes and other harmful acts that provides opportunities for those most directly affected--offenders, those who suffered harms such as victims/survivors, families, and community members--to be directly involved in addressing the harms done to people, relationships, and a community's sense of safety and well-being.

Examples of restorative justice and restorative practices in the Milwaukee area include: community conferencing, victim/survivor-offender conferencing , circles (peacemaking, community building, and repairing harm), victim/survivor impact panels, and relevant community service by offenders.

Our religious traditions provide at least three foundational beliefs: that every person is of inherent worth and dignity, has the capacity to change, and deserves humane and compassionate treatment. Key elements of restorative justice processes that maximize the potential for change are respect and empathy.

Restorative Justice Committee

The Restorative Justice Committee of the Interfaith Conference, formed in November 2000, supports the above examples of restorative justice and restorative practices. By representing persons involved in them, it provides a clearinghouse for information and opportunities for collaboration. Through its Speakers Bureau and its members' activities in the community, it is promoting awareness and use of restorative practices in our community.We meet regularly at Sherman Perk, 4924 W. Roosevelt Drive, Milwaukee.

Restorative Practices for Congregations

Many people have heard of restorative justice. However, restorative justice is just one arena of restorative practices. Restorative practices have a scope much broader than the criminal justice system. Restorative practices are listening and communication skills. To become a practitioner of restorative practices is to enter into a new way of thinking. Restorative practices are ways to build relationships and manage conflict – in marriages, families, schools, congregations, neighborhoods, and work places.

  • Restorative practices can be used with adults, youth and children to prevent conflict, to manage conflict, or to heal broken relationships that have been impacted by conflict.
  • Restorative practices can be used in a variety of arenas.
  • Restorative practices assist in building community and in forming trusting relationships.

The Restorative Justice committee desires to educate others about restorative practices and spread the implementation of restorative practices in the greater Milwaukee community. To this end, we would like to make presentations to congregations, invite them to be trained in restorative practices, and support them in the implementation of restorative practices in their faith communities. For more information about the three step plan, click on the link below:

Restorative Practices for Congregations

For more information about the Restorative Justice Committee or Restorative Practices for Congregations, contact Betsy Gonwa, 414-259-0565 or

For more information on the various partners working with us on Restorative Justice click on the links below:

Benedict Center
Marquette University Law School
Milwaukee County District Attorney Office
Milwaukee Public Schools
Peace Learning Center
Safe & Sound
Wisconsin Community Services
Milwaukee Center for Children and Youth

For directory of agencies doing Restorative Justice work in Wisconsin:

Wisconsin Restorative Justice Coalition Directory

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