“Transformative Justice responds to the lack of- and the critical need for- a liberatory approach to violence. A liberatory approach seeks safety and accountability without relying on alienation, punishment, or State or systemic violence, including incarceration and policing” –Resist http://www.resistinc.org
Restorative Justice, under the umbrella of Transformative Justice, is the primary tool used to implement this principle. The Ruth Ellis Center utilizes Restorative Justice over the traditional punitive system to prioritize educational and counseling based accountability. The Center recognizes that many of the youth served are disproportionately represented in the prison system; a system which rarely addresses the root of a problem. A Transformative Justice approach focuses on prevention, rehabilitation, accountability, counseling and education instead of retribution.