Clinical Assistant Professor, Director - Restorative Justice Project
Law School l Frank J. Remington Center
Hometown: Allenton, WI
Jonathan Scharrer is the director of the Restorative Justice Project at the University of Wisconsin Law School. He is both a practitioner and trainer of restorative practices. Jonathan has extensive experience as a facilitator of victim-offender dialogues in sensitive and serious crimes and as a circle keeper in school, community, and institutional settings. He has helped design and implement restorative justice alternatives to the traditional criminal justice system and currently serves on the advisory council for the National Association of Community and Restorative Justice.
A basic introduction to restorative justice theory, examining the underlying philosophy and principles of restorative justice as well as the associated restorative practices.
A discussion of the current applications of restorative justice in the criminal justice system and a look at what else is possible from either pre-arrest or pre-charge diversion of both youth and adults to supplemental processes for the traditional judicial system and post-adjudication options to respond to crime.
A focus on the victim-offender dialogue process in serious and sensitive crimes including the reasons why people participate and an examination of outcomes and benefits for those who take part.
Using restorative circles and other dialogical encounter processes to address harmed communities (large and small) and respond to conflict with a focus on healing and moving forward.