Restorative Justice is a way of looking at crime that focuses on repairing the harm to the victim. Through the process, youth offenders are held accountable, develop empathy for the victim, and make amends. Communities support the victims, and hold the offender accountable while encouraging personal growth. This process takes place with the understanding that community ownership of youth development is a cornerstone of a healthy community.
The Berlin Restorative Justice Program operates on an oath of confidentiality for all involved including volunteers (such as the reparative panel members).