Mandatory restorative justice ensures that a victim gets back some of what they lost. This also means that a victim does not have to take their case to civil court in order to get what is due to them. Mandatory restorative justice also makes sure that a criminal pays for what they have done.
The victim is all to often overlooked in our modern justice system. They have a voice and need the opportunity to let themselves be heard in a manner that gives them some resolution. The current system forces them to go the civil trial to attempt to any restoration which only serves to start the process all over again with the brunt of the cost actually carried by the victim. The restoration needs to begin upon the reading of the verdict. The offenders need to know there is consequence to their action above a brief stint in jail that many just consider part of the cost of doing business.