Not all crimes are the same. Jail is not a “one size fits all” solution.

Restorative Justice is a powerful complement to the criminal justice system. Restorative justice is a collaborative decision-making process that brings together the victims, the offenders, and affected community members. It seeks to hold offenders accountable and pushes them to both acknowledge and take responsibility for their offenses.

“The courts are overworked. If all the parties can get some satisfaction using something less elaborate, let’s go for it. Judges and other court officials would welcome the change.”

— Sen. Michael Barrett (Bedford), co-chair Joint Committee on Children, Families and Persons with Disabilities



“Today’s contemporary police officer… needs to be supplied with tools such as conflict resolution skills, diversity training, courtesy, and alternative approaches to law enforcement. I am here to tell you restorative justice is….one of those approaches.”

— Robert Bongiorno, Bedford’s Chief of Police

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