Pursuing Restorative Justice

Make justice your aim: redress the wronged, hear the orphan’s please, defend the widow

Isaiah 1:17, NAB

The human dignity of both the crime victim and the offender should be acknowledged within the criminal justice system when considering punishment and the capacity for rehabilitation.

Restorative justice solutions should foster fairness and rehabilitation, improve public safety, and encourage accountability and healing.

To secure restorative justice for those affected by crime, MCC supports:

Foundational Documents

News Releases

  1. For Second Straight Year, MCC Presented with Three Top Awards for Excellence in Public Relations (04/22/19)
  2. Raise the Age Legislation Seeks a ‘Smart’ Approach to Juvenile Crime (12/01/15)
  3. ‘A Blueprint for the Common Good’ (02/09/15)
  4. Statement on Michigan Supreme Court Juvenile Life Without Parole Decision (07/08/14)

Additional Resources

  1. The Word from Lansing Column:
    1. Our Plan to Advance the Common Good This Legislative Session (02/03/23)
    2. Time to Discuss Law Enforcement Reform Again After Tragic Death in Grand Rapids (05/25/22)
    3. Do Justice, Love Goodness, and Walk Humbly with God (07/17/20)
    4. Patience and Persistence: Advocacy Successes in 2019 (01/17/20)
    5. Michigan Prepares to Enact “Raise the Age” Legislation (10/25/19)
  2. Reforming Juvenile Justice in Michigan (Focus Essay, 11/2015)
  3. Crime and Criminal Justice: Juvenile Life Without Parole (Focus Essay, 5/2014)
  4. Background on Confronting Armed Violence and Promoting Peace (USCCB, 2013)
  5. Defending the Poor (Focus Essay, 5/2009)
  6. When I Call for Help: A Pastoral Response to Domestic Violence Against Women (U.S. Bishops, 2002)
  7. Michigan Campaign for Justice