Rachel Cassandra is a writer and designer based in Oakland, California. Follow her on Twitter: @cassandrachel. Find more of her work at rachelcassandra.net.

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Restorative justice helps perpetrators and victims alike

Restorative justice aims to restore the relationship between offenders and the victims of crime, often in a one-on-one setting. This practice can help heal both parties and the community. A number of programs in Northern California have found success in using this practice to counteract the U.S. justice system's focus on punishment.