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What’s restorative justice diversion?

As the national conversation around defunding the police grows, the question remains: How do we reinvest in our communities? One option is to use pre-charge restorative justice diversion (RJD). The Restorative Justice Project at Impact Justice recently released a quick-read primer on the practice, along with what makes our model unique. Our model stands out as … Continued

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Zack Ali

Zack saw the disconnect between the justice system and the communities they were meant to serve while interning for a city prosecutor in California. This experience sparked a desire to work on structural reforms in poverty and justice. His final year of college offered opportunities to deepen his interest in criminal justice reform and in … Continued

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Introduction to restorative justice diversion

Join Impact Justice on March 10 at 10:30 a.m. PST for an introduction to the Restorative Justice Project’s unique model of pre-charge restorative justice diversion. You’ll learn how it works, the core elements of the program and what kinds of outcomes our pilot sites have seen. This webinar is ideal for those who are already … Continued


PREA Senior Program Associate/ Specialist

About Impact Justice Impact Justice is a national innovation and research center advancing new ideas and solutions for justice reform. We work to dramatically reduce the massive number of youth and adults in our justice system, improve conditions and outcomes for those who are incarcerated, and provide meaningful opportunities for formerly incarcerated people to rejoin … Continued

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Become a Host

Open your home to the Homecoming Project Have you been looking for a way to meaningfully give back? Do you have an extra room in your home? Are you in need of additional income?  Join our growing community of Homecoming hosts who are making a life-altering difference in the lives of those returning home after … Continued

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Sexually assaulted in East Oakland

In September 2005 I was at a 99 cents store in East Oakland when I got into an altercation with a gentleman in the store. I fought physically with him and a group of people, and had an asthma attack. An ambulance was called, and I was placed in the back where there were two … Continued

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Abdul AliAkbar

A native of San Francisco’s Sunnydale public housing projects, Abdul M. AliAkbar has focused his 16-year career serving marginalized communities. He started as a chaplain for the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation before transitioning to work with formerly incarcerated people, at-risk youth, and their families. He has had various roles in the community including … Continued