The Stone Stoup Project


"Restorative Justice has changed my life. I love the work and I especially love seeing positive results when you have that perfect storm. My vision is to make each community a restorative community. To deal with our children who have made mistakes, caused harm, broke a law-- in a restorative way in hopes that we can keep them in school and on the right path to adulthood. This can only be good for us – to have effective, capable, creative, smart, kind, loving, productive children turning into adults to better our communities."
Mary Fazzini - Coordinator, Homewood-Flossmoor Peer Jury

Restorative Justice & Restorative Practices

Restorative Justice (RJ) is a philosophy, set of practices and mindset that addresses a harm caused (often a law or rule broken) by thinking about the harms, needs and obligations of all of those involved.

Instead of asking:

  • What law/rule was broken?
  • Who did it?
  • How are we going to punish them?

Restorative Justice asks:

  • Who was harmed?
  • How will the harm be repaired?
  • Who is responsible for repairing the harm?

There are Five Essential Characteristics necessary to successful restorative practices:

  • RELATIONSHIPS: Developing caring connections and finding common ground
  • RESPECT: Listening to others’ opinions and valuing them
  • RESPONSIBILITY: Being accountable for actions taken
  • RESTORATION: Repairing harm that has been caused
  • REINTEGRATION: Ensuring all remain included and involved

Four Important Elements are found in restorative practices

  • Encounter: Creates an opportunity for all to meet to discuss what happened and the harm caused.
  • Amends: Expects those who have harmed to take steps to repair the harm done to others.
  • Reintegration: Seeks to restore everyone to whole, contributing members of society.
  • Inclusion: Provides opportunities for all to collaborate in creating a resolution.

The Stone Soup Project is focused on bringing restorative practices to the youth and families of the south suburbs. Restorative Justice looks different when seen in Communities and Schools. In communities RJ is typically found to be based on particular incidents where harm has been caused, while in schools it can also be used as prevention by improving school climate and student buy-in while increasing behavior expectations.