Marie-Isabelle began studying Restorative Justice in 2004. She has facilitated hundreds of Restorative Justice cases including incidents of family conflict, neighborhood conflict, theft, assault, sexual assault, sexual harassment, burglary, fighting, organizational conflict, and workplace bullying.
What happens during a Restorative Justice Process?
Restorative Justice provides a safe space for people involved in and affected by an incident, harm, or conflict to talk about 1) what happened 2) how people were impacted and 3) a plan to make things better. During the process everyone has an equal opportunity to speak, an equal opportunity to listen, and input on the agreements and plans created. A trained facilitator prepares the participants, provides a safe structure for the process, and follows up with everyone about the action items and plans that were generated.
Restorative Justice is an opportunity for the people most involved and impacted by a harm or conflict to speak about what happened, how people have been impacted, and to have input in a plan for how to make things better (rather than institutions or professionals addressing it without the community). If the group convenes, reaches agreement, and the agreement is fulfilled, the referral is completed. If the group is unable to convene, reach agreement, or the agreement is broken, the referral is referred back to the referral agency/ person to address what happened in a different way without input. Agreements also often contain a plan for what will go into effect if an agreement is broken or an action item is not completed by the deadline.
Training, Consulting, Facilitation Marie-Isabelle has provided training, consulting, and facilitation for the following groups:
Louisiana Department of Education Regional Trainings: St. Charles Region, St. Tammany Region, Lafayette Region (Center for Restorative Approaches, Turning Point Partners)