(In Colorado), local restorative justice activists and policymakers work to reduce recidivism rates and repair harms to the community. Restorative justice is finding community solutions to criminal acts by bringing the offenders, victims, and community into a discussion of retribution and rehabilitation instead of punishment.
Retribution and solution—rather than punishment—facilitates relationship repair, which decreases recidivism rates and makes communities safer. Rebuilding relationships and taking responsibility are major tenets of restorative justice.
According to Emma Kerr, a leader of the Colorado College Prison Project, punishment has no functional role in criminal justice, as the high recidivism rates from incarceration decrease the safety of the community and offer limited opportunities for reintegration of former inmates hoping to find housing, employment, or education.