• Restorative Justice Project

    Encouraging constructive responses to wrongdoing

  • The Restorative Justice Project collaborates with communities to address harm through dialogue among those most impacted. Restorative justice brings together 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.

  • New: Restorative Justice Report

    In June 2017, in conjunction with the 6th National Conference on Community and Restorative Justice, the Restorative Justice Project at Impact Justice released a new report: Restorative Community Conferencing: A study of Community Works West’s restorative justice youth diversion program in Alameda County.   This report provides compelling new data documenting the effectiveness of Community Works West’s RCC program, which currently diverts more than 100 youth per year away from the juvenile legal system.

  • What We Do


    The Restorative Justice Project’s approach is unique in its explicit goal of engaging communities to centralize victim-identified needs while reducing incarceration, recidivism, racial and ethnic disparities, and related social and fiscal costs. The Project offers training and technical assistance in two primary restorative justice youth diversion models: Restorative Community Conferencing (RCC) and Circle Process. With generous support from The California Endowment, The Zellerbach Foundation, Google, and Open Philanthropy, the Restorative Justice Project collaborates with community based organizations and systems partners to introduce pre-booking and pre-charge restorative justice youth diversion programs as an alternative to youth incarceration in 10 cities across the country.


    With the support of the Ms. Foundation for Women, The Just Beginnings Collaborative, and Blue Shield of California Foundation, the Restorative Justice Project is exploring the application of restorative justice to addressing child sexual abuse, intimate partner violence, and sexual harm. The Restorative Justice Project’s nuri nusrat’s recent Soros Justice Fellowship explored the application of restorative justice to child-on-child sexual harm.

  • sujatha baliga

    sujatha baliga

    sujatha baliga

    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.