Peacemaking is a traditional Native American approach to justice that focuses on healing and restoration rather than punishment. Although peacemaking varies across Native American tribes, it generally brings together the disputants, along with family members, friends, and other members of the community to speak about how the event, crime, or crisis affected each person. The goal of peacemaking is not only to resolve the immediate dispute, but also to heal the relationships among those involved and restore balance to the community.
The Center for Court Innovation was awarded a grant to create a peacemaking program in Syracuse’s Near Westside Neighborhood. UPSTATE in partnership with FORUM design studio and Ashley McGraw will help CCI find a suitable location and fit out a space in a way that promotes community, reconciliation and interaction.