We are so fortunate to live in an engaged, caring community and one of the bright spots I'd like to highlight is the organization Communities for Restorative Justice. They are a nonprofit partnership of community members and police departments that facilitates restorative justice in the wake of crime. They provide a process where victims are heard and understood, offenders take responsibility for harm, and where loved ones and community members offer support. I'm so impressed by their work and their results. This approach makes so much sense to me, and I really appreciate the focus on community involvement. Their process recognizes that crime is a violation of people and relationships, not just a violation of law, and creates a space to restore and repair those relationships, not just hand out fines and punishments.
They are currently active in the communities of Acton, Arlington, Bedford, Boxborough, Burlington, Cambridge, Carlisle, Concord, Groton, Lexington, Lincoln, Littleton, Maynard, Stow, and Wellesley. I invite you to watch their video to learn more about restorative justice and how it works, visit their website, and get involved.
What organizations or services do you find make our community a great place to live? Please share!