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Resolution on Restorative Justice (2002)

Drawing upon biblical sources, insights from the Reformed Tradition, and past policies of the General Assembly, this resolution affirms the continued use of restorative justice as the guiding metaphor for the work, program, and ministry of the church engaged with the criminal “justice” system. The resolution offers a simple definition of restorative justice as “addressing the hurts and the needs of the victim, the offender, and the community in such a way that all—victim, offender, and community—might be healed.”