Prison Fellowship Rwanda believes that a crime is not only breaking the law but also causing harm to people, relationships, and the community. This belief affirms that there has to be a just response to address those harms as well as the wrongdoing. To achieve this, Prison Fellowship Rwanda approaches offenders and victims and create space for them to work together and find solutions to damages caused. If the parties are willing, the best way to do this is to help them meet to discuss those harms and to bring about resolution.
This process provides space for perpetrators to acknowledge their accountability (confession, recognition of crimes and harm caused) through truth telling and revealing information that was hidden, repentance and asking for forgiveness. It is through this process where victims consider the forgiveness to their offenders.
Prison Fellowship Rwanda bases on three big pillars:
- Repair: crime causes harm and justice requires repairing that harm;
- Encounter: the best way to determine how to do that is to have the parties decide together; and
- Transformation: this can cause fundamental changes in people, relationships and communities.
While doing this, Prison Fellowship Rwanda ensures inclusion of all parties, encountering the other side, making amends for the harm and reintegration of the parties into their communities.