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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: