Restorative Justice encourages constructive responses to wrongdoing. It brings those who have harmed, their victims, and affected community members into processes that repair harms and rebuild relationships. At its best, restorative justice produces consensus-based plans through face-to-face dialogues that meet victim-identified needs while supporting the positive development of those who’ve harmed. This can take many forms, most notably community conferencing models and circle processes.
What We Do
The Restorative Justice Project provides training and technical assistance to communities and jurisdictions who seek to implement Restorative Community Conferencing (RCC) as a pre-booking and pre-charge diversion approach for addressing youth wrongdoing and crime.
The Restorative Justice Project offers circle training for community-based organizations, law enforcement agencies, community members, and others. Circle processes can be used in a broad range of contexts from welcoming an individual back into the community after a period of incarceration to addressing conflict between community partners or creating a space for healing following a tragedy.
By comparing outcomes for youth whose cases are addressed through restorative processes to outcomes for young people whose cases are sent through the juvenile justice system, the Restorative Justice Project is developing reliable quantitative and qualitative data on the effectiveness of restorative diversion programs.
The California Endowment has funded the Restorative Justice Project to create a robust toolkit for jurisdictions and communities who seek to implement pre-booking and pre-charge Restorative Community Conferencing diversion programs. Through descriptions of past success stories and best practices, this toolkit will provide a step-by-step guide to building relationships with community and criminal justice system stakeholders and establishing community-driven, culturally responsive, victim-oriented restorative diversion programs.
CHILD SEXUAL ABUSE
The Restorative Justice Project is supported by the Ms. Foundation for Women and the Just Beginnings Collaborative to explore restorative justice approaches to addressing child sexual abuse. And through a Soros Justice Fellowship, nuri nusrat is creating a restorative diversion model to meet the particular needs caused by child-on-child sexual harm.
Vice President and Director, Restorative Justice Project
sujatha baliga, director of the Restorative Justice Project, leads Impact Justice’s efforts to institutionalize restorative justice alternatives to juvenile and adult incarceration and zero-tolerance school discipline policies across the United States. Ms. baliga successfully implemented a restorative juvenile diversion program in Alameda County, CA, that currently keeps up to 100 youth out of the juvenile justice system each year.