New guide explores the restorative practice of peacemaking in state courts
In recent years, several state courts have been inspired by the Native tradition of peacemaking, which focuses on healing and restoration rather than an adversarial model of justice. With support from the State Justice Institute, the National Center for State Courts and the Center for Court Innovation partnered to produce a new guide, Inspired by Peacemaking: Creating Community-based Restorative Programs in State Courts. This guide describes the peacemaking method and its benefits, and provides implementation advice for state courts interested in launching their own program. The guide profiles state court peacemaking programs in Michigan, New York, and Illinois and describes how these programs are showing promising outcomes in helping communities address the revolving door of crime and disorder and their underlying causes of poverty, trauma, and violence.