Our restorative justice programs and services work to reduce repeat crime and improve the lives of those affected by crime. We do this by promoting accountability and restoration from the person responsible for the harms (offender), addressing the needs of the person harmed (victim), and strengthening community safety. Our main programs are listed below.
Restorative justice views crime as more than breaking the law – it also causes harm to people, relationships, and the community. So a just response must address those harms as well as the wrongdoing. If the parties are willing, the best way to do this is to help them meet to discuss those harms and how to about bring resolution. Sometimes those meetings lead to transformational changes in their lives. So, Restorative justice is a theory of justice that emphasizes repairing the harm caused or revealed by criminal behavior. It is best accomplished through cooperative processes that include all stakeholders.
Victim-Offender Dialogue (VOD) brings the victim and offender of a particular crime together in a safe setting to achieve mutual understanding about the offense, permit offender accountability, and to determine ways to repair the harms and make things as right as possible. Dialogues are facilitated by trained volunteer mediators and usually take place in the community, although for more serious crimes, they can take place inside a correctional facility. With referrals coming from our justice system partners, we have successfully facilitated dialogues between justice-involved youth or adults and their victims for over 25 years. The results have been increased restitution completion rates, increased victim satisfaction, and lowered recidivism rates for offenders.
RJMP currently offers 2 programs in correctional facilities: Restorative Justice Reentry Prep Program (RJRPP) is a 3, 6, 10 or 20-week cognitive-based, trauma-informed program for inmates incarcerated in San Diego County jails and detention centers preparing for reentry into our communities. Participants explore the root causes of the behavior that lead them to incarceration, and understand the impact of the harm they caused their victims, families, the community and themselves.