Jamaica is recognizing the positive impact restorative justice can have and recently recognized the week of January 30 – February 5, 2016 as Restorative Justice Week. Prime Minister, the Most Honorary Portia Simpson Miller called on all Jamaicans to play a part in the restorative justice process by becoming educated and getting involved. She said, “It is our hope that restorative justice will lead to a forgiving, caring Jamaica. When that is achieved, I believe there will be greater levels of peace and security in our communities and certainly our nation”

Nine restorative justice centers have already been opened on the island with several facilitators trained. Reverend Jeffrey Mackenzie said the introduction of restorative justice in Jamaica is a paradigm shift in the justice system from one of social control to one of social engagement. He said, “Certainly, the National Restorative Justice Policy is that pathway of transformation to a more secure, just and cohesive Jamaican society.” For more information of Restorative Justice Week in Jamaica, visit http://jis.gov.jm/pm-urges-support-for-restorative-justice/