“Conventional criminal justice focuses on the facts and doesn’t let emotion

dilute the case. In a restorative justice process we find reason for emotion.”

– Brenda Morrison, Ph.D.


​Brenda Morrison, the Director of the Centre for Restorative Justice in the School of Criminology, Simon Fraser University discusses the importance of restoring harmony after a murder.  Restorative Justice represents a return of the simple wisdom of viewing conflict as an opportunity for a community to learn and grow.

It operates on the premise that criminal conflict inflicts harm, and therefore individuals must accept responsibility for repairing that harm. Communities are empowered to choose their response to conflict. Including bringing victims, offenders and communities together to actively participate in restoring harmony in these relationships, and allowing everyone to continue to live together in a safer, healthy environment in the aftermath of murder.



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