Justice that Restores
The Sycamore Tree Project
Prison Fellowship International’s victim-offender reconciliation program, Sycamore Tree Project: Justice and Peace, now in 78 prisons, is helping shift prison environments from violence to peace. Officials regularly report a reduction in violence once prisoners learn about accepting responsibility and offering forgiveness. Prison Fellowship International has rolled out this wonderful project in South Africa. The world-wide approach is laid out at www.restorativejustice.org.
Criminal justice systems are in trouble and it’s easy to feel hopeless about broken systems, but there is a solution. It’s called restorative justice. And it works.
Restorative justice is best accomplished through cooperative processes that allow willing prisoners and victims to meet and explore topics such as personal responsibility and making amends. This can lead to the transformation of people, relationships, and communities.
What we do
Sycamore Tree Project: Justice and Peace is an eight-week program where prisoners and the victims of crime come together to talk about their experiences, how they feel, and find ways to move forward. We make a dark situation bright again.
They have an opportunity to express their remorse to victims & members of the community as a symbolic act of restitution