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Partnering with communities to address harm through dialogue

Advocates seeking to start a restorative justice diversion program on their own can now do so through our online toolkit at RJDToolkit.org!

A Diversion Toolkit for Communities offers a step-by-step guide through the initial stages of implementing our approach to an RJD program, including building and strengthening relationships with community members and organizations, getting buy-in from system partners, and setting up a case referral process. After completing the toolkit and receiving the recommended trainings, the final step is to sign up for updates about attending a Restorative Community Conferencing (RCC) training from the Restorative Justice Project.

We’re proud to partner with sites across the US to build pre-charge restorative justice diversion programs that reduce youth criminalization while meeting the needs of people harmed.

Diverting cases that normally result in criminal or juvenile charges to restorative justice does much more than prevent system involvement for the youth. The process allows the person harmed, the responsible youth, family, and community members to come together to discuss what happened, including the causes and effects. Together, at the direction of the person harmed, a plan is produced for the young person to make things right by the person harmed, family, community, and themselves. The young person is supported by family and community-based organizations to complete the plan, and when the plan is completed, no charges are ever filed.

A step-by-step infographic shows you how a Restorative Community Conferencing process works.

While the consequences of our juvenile legal system have been detrimental to our entire country, those most marginalized have paid the greatest cost. We operate with the fundamental purpose of reducing and eliminating racial and ethnic disparities within the juvenile legal system.

We also collect and evaluate data on our sites to inform the implementation of restorative justice diversion as an evidence-based alternative to criminalization.






Community Partners / Leading Restorative Justice Diversion

Oakland, CA

Community Works West

Community Works West (CWW) receives cases from the District Attorney in Alameda County, CA such that young people facing criminal charges are diverted from the juvenile legal system into the Restorative Community Conferencing process that CWW facilitates.

San Francisco, CA

Community Works West

Community Works West (CWW) receives cases from the District Attorney in San Francisco County such that young people facing criminal charges are diverted from the juvenile legal system into the Restorative Community Conferencing process that CWW facilitates.

Huckleberry Youth Programs

In partnership with CWW, Huckleberry’s Community Assessment and Resource Center (CARC) supports young people to fulfill their plan to repair the harm through post-conferencing case management.

Long Beach, CA

California Conference for Equality and Justice

CCEJ receives cases from the District Attorney in Los Angeles County such that young people facing criminal charges are diverted from the juvenile legal system into the Restorative Community Conferencing process that CCEJ facilitates.

Nashville, TN

Raphah Institute

Raphah Institute receives cases from the District Attorney in Davidson County, TN such that young people facing criminal charges are diverted from the juvenile legal system into the Restorative Community Conferencing process that Raphah Institute facilitates.

Richmond, CA

RYSE Youth Center

RYSE Youth Center receives cases from the District Attorney in Contra Costa County, CA such that young people facing criminal charges are diverted from the juvenile legal system into the Restorative Community Conferencing process that RYSE facilitates.

Early Stages

Miami-Dade County, FL

Philadelphia County, PA