Vision of Sycamore Tree Project – NEW LEAF
The strength of a community can be measured by the quality of the relationships that connect individuals to other individuals as well as to the whole community.
Crime damages relationships. Typically, relationships inside prisons are tied up with power and the threat of violence. This is sometimes referred to as the prison culture. It is part of the reason prisoners fail to successfully reintegrate into the community when they are released.
Our vision is to increase peace in the prisons and communities of 60 countries by 2022.
Our goal is to achieve this by facilitating 500,000 restorative conversations between crime victims and prisoners in 600 prisons in those countries.
Our strategy for doing that is to enter into partnerships with 60 Prison Fellowship National Affiliates to jointly pursue this project.
A focus of restorative justice is to build healthy relationships, and it does this in at least two ways.
First, it provides structures that allow people to talk about and begin to repair the harm done by crime. Harm to victims, the community and to family and friends.
Second, it helps people learn to talk about conflict in a nonviolent way. The key is something we call “Restorative Conversations.” This is an umbrella term for practices that strengthen relationships by helping improve communication and resolve conflict in a nonviolent way.
For 20 years, Prison Fellowship International has offered the Sycamore Tree Project to demonstrate the potential of restorative justice. This program brings victims into prison to meet with prisoners for restorative conversations. As we will see, these are effective in changing the lives of both prisoners and victims for the better.
Nusroto- Prison Fellowship Lebanon Association joined to Sycamore Tree Project team and began working on its implementation and taking necessary measures to be applied directly inside the Lebanese Prisons.