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Photograph of OJJDP leadership with Restorative Justice Working Group     

On July 15, 2019, restorative justice advocates and practitioners from across the country joined OJJDP leadership to begin preparing a guide that will help jurisdictions implement effective restorative justice programs. Restorative justice focuses on holding offenders personally accountable to their victims and to the community at large—often through face-to-face meetings and reparative actions such as financial restitution to victims, the repair of victims' damaged property, or work for the betterment of the community. "Practitioners need guidance on what they can expect to see in a restorative justice process, and what the practical outcomes of the process are," said OJJDP Administrator Caren Harp.

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