Alberta has used restorative justice programming for more than 20 years and has seen success in reducing recidivism, healing affected communities and empowering victims. These programs focus on those most affected by crime and serve as an alternative or a supplement to sentencing.
Restorative justice programs have strong community support and all Albertans benefit from having access to these services when dealing with the criminal justice system.
“Our government remains committed to keeping Albertans safe with stable communities. Part of this commitment is taking corrective action when a mistake happens to provide restorative justice. I am proud that this grant supports organizations that are in a position to explore new ways to keep our communities safe.”
This approach will provide better outcomes for victims by ensuring their needs are met while offenders are held responsible for their actions. These programs can reduce the load on Alberta’s courts by lowering reoffending rates. They also invite affected communities to get more involved in the resolution of crimes.
“Restorative justice not only provides Albertans who want to participate in the process with better outcomes, it reduces the need to use traditional court resources to address legal issues. Investments like these grants help keep our justice system responsive to Albertans’ needs.”
Organizations that provide restorative justice services, including community-based coalitions, registered non-profits, Indigenous communities and youth justice committees, can apply for grants of up to $50,000. In total, Alberta’s government is making $720,000 available through the Victims of Crime and Public Safety Fund.
Grant applications are available online and open until Dec. 2.