Marygrove College Begins Program Focused on Restorative Justice

Marygrove College is beginning an online Bachelor of Arts in Criminal Justice degree, a program with a restorative justice emphasis designed for current or aspiring criminal justice professionals.

“In this time of crisis, where there is distrust between law enforcement and the community,” said Marygrove College Provost Dr. Sally Welch, “our institution is prepared to help bring about peace and reconciliation through its online Bachelor of Arts degree in Criminal Justice based on Restorative Justice principles.”

Restorative justice is a victim-centered response to crime that views criminal behavior not as a violation against the state, but one against people and relationships. It is an alternative to retributive justice, “an eye for an eye”.  As a result, those who practice restorative justice respond to crime by transforming the traditional relationship between communities and government, giving all stakeholders—both the victim and perpetrator—the opportunity to identify and take steps to redeem their broken situation.

To learn more about restorative justice, visit the Catholic Mobilizing Network website.