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.
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. Read More…
Victim Offender Dialogue Programs
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. Read More…
‘Safe Spaces’ Dialogue Program for Survivors of Intimate Partner Violence and Sexual Harm
The goal of the ‘Safe Spaces’ program is to provide survivors of domestic and sexual violence with a professional, confidential, and secure environment to address the harms caused by the abuse, both emotional and financial.
- Survivors may be able to recover restitution in a timelier manner than through the traditional court system. Restitution agreements often include shorter payment periods.
- Survivors have greater input on the restorative agreement terms, which can address concerns that the traditional court system may not be able to.
- A video-based dialogue allows the survivor to express their needs and wants to their offender in a safe and supportive environment.
A Dialogue may be appropriate in cases where there are secondary issues resulting from the criminal charge. The facilitators empower survivors to express their needs, and be involved in the process of making things right for them.