I arrived at the conference registration window well before they were open and sat reading a stack of handouts I found on an info table about how restorative justice can break cycles of violence.
The guiding principles of restorative justice are:
 Crime is an offense against human relationships.
 Victims and the community are central to justice processes.
 The first priority of justice processes is to assist victims.
 The second priority is to restore the community, to the degree possible.
 The offender has personal responsibility to victims and to the community for crimes committed.
 Stakeholders share responsibilities for restorative justice through partnerships for action.
 The offender will develop improved competency and understanding as a result of the restorative justice experience.
—source: The National Institute of Justice