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Restorative Justice for Oakland Youth (RJOY)

The following two videos feature work by Restorative Justice for Oakland Youth (RJOY). The first, focuses on creating a restorative school culture using circle processes to build and strengthen pro-social behavior. The goal is to build a strong and self-governing sense of community based on respect, shared values and dialogue. Circle processes help to establish an underlying school climate that is restorative where students interact with one another as well as their teachers and school staff in constructive and respectful ways. In a constructive environment students can learn and overal academic performance can improve.

The second video provides an overview of RJOY, its mission, and school based restorative discipline which allows students, faculty and staff to address their needs and problems in meaningful and effective ways.

Restorative Justice for Oakland Youth (RJOY) is led by Dr. Fania Davis who is also a founding member of the NACRJ and a current member of the Board of Directors. In 2013 Dr. Davis and Eric Butler were co-recipients of the NACRJ Dennis Maloney Award for work with youth.

Unlocking Justice: The Red Hook Community Justice Center

Justice requires more than reactive enforcement of law. It also requires proactive prevention strategies that repair problems, heal past harms, and improve quality of life - particularly in high crime neighborhoods. Meaningful and effective forms of justice are increasingly recognized as relational.

The Red Hook Community Justice Center in Brooklyn, NY has been in operation for about 20 years. It has helped make the area safer and more livable for residents and businesses. The following video depicts how a community-based treatment court, using relational justice strategies, can help people get their lives back on track and the community address problems in ways that improve both safety and quality of life.

Victim Offender Mediation "Au Natural"

This short video tells a moving story about a 15 year old young man who decides to make amends to the victim of a crime committed by his father. The young man's decision to right the wrongs, exemplifies "right relationships" and repairing harms associated with restorative justice.

NACRJ Member Gives a TED Talk - Incarceration, Reentry and Alternatives

Melanie Snyder, an NACRJ Member, who is also the Executive Director of the Lancaster County Reentry Management Organization gave a TED Talk recently. She questions the reliance of criminal justice systems on mass incarceration, discusses its impacts and argues for the use of alternative practices (including restorative justice) to reduce the use of prisons and jails. Her talk is featured below: