The Importance of Community-Held Restorative Justice Programs

February 17, 2021

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This hour-long webinar is geared toward youth justice practitioners, racial justice advocates and leaders of youth-oriented community-based organizations. Restorative justice provides an effective way to address wrongdoing and do right by the people harmed. It offers opportunities outside of the juvenile justice system for young people to take accountability for harm they have caused. It acknowledges that legal proceedings can be difficult and unproductive for those harmed, those responsible for the harm, their families and other community members. This is one of two webinar recordings on how communities can use restorative justice as a constructive and more equitable response when young people break the law in ways that cause harm.

The second video is at In this webinar, the panelists highlight ways community leaders can create, nourish and deepen relationships that are necessary for them to implement and sustain restorative justice practices outside of the formal justice system. The discussion includes ways for public partners to support community-led restorative justice diversion.

Panelists: – Venus D. Johnson, Chief Assistant District Attorney, Contra Costa County (Sacramento), California – Tanisha “Wakumi” Douglas, Co-Founder and Executive Director, S.O.U.L. Sisters Leadership Collaborative, Miami – Sandra Rodriguez, Senior Program Specialist, Restorative Justice Program, Impact Justice – Erica Washington, Senior Program Associate, Restorative Justice Program, Impact Justice

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