Reintegrative justice is a process that seeks to empower individuals, families, schools, and communities by adopting problem-solving measures that provide new opportunities for inclusion in one’s community designed to end the cycle of crime, poverty and racial injustice with the goal of promoting public safety and human rights. Reintegrative justice promotes a more humane and effective response to public safety concerns by diminishing reliance on prison, punishment and exclusion and by encouraging public investment in and use of intervention strategies that support successful reintegration, equal opportunity, and responsibility, thereby reducing the likelihood of return to risky and criminal behavior.
Components of reintegrative justice include reintegrative sentencing, a public safety focused sentencing model, and six-stage reentry-a new approach to reentry practice and policy in the context of processing a criminal case from arrest through supervised release.
Reintegrative justice encourages the dismantling of the many barriers to successful reintegration that individuals confront after their involvement in the criminal justice system, including, but not limited to, barriers to employment, education, enfranchisement and equality. But this alone is not enough. Reintegrative justice also promotes reforming the many aspects of our social institutions and systems that contribute to involvement in the criminal justice system in the first place.
For an expanded discussion:
An Advocacy Organization’s View of Issues Surrounding Reentry: Setting an Agenda for Research and Policy
Unlocking the Potentional of Reentry and Reintegration
A New Sentencing Model to Meet the Challenge of Reentry and Public Safety