Restorative Justice Reentry Prep Program (RJRPP)
RJRPP is a 10-week cognitive-based, trauma-informed program for offenders incarcerated in San Diego County jails and detention centers preparing for reentry into our communities. The rudiments of the program are based on the restorative justice principles of developing accountability, recognizing harms, developing empathy and remorse, understanding victim impact and personal healing.
This program was conceived and authored in collaboration with Restorative Justice facilitators in Los Angeles and Riverside Counties with many years of field experience. The curriculum was copyrighted, and the RJRPP curriculum has now been successfully implemented in four local San Diego County correctional facilities.
The program is focused on reentry preparation by emphasizing increased self-awareness and teaching personal and interpersonal skill-building. It includes a two-week session on addiction and recovery. Participants also engage in a victim/survival panel where surrogate victims of similar crimes are invited to share their stories and crime experiences. This program is also preparatory for participation in a voluntary Victim Offender Dialogue post-release with either their victim (if it can be arranged) or surrogate victims of a similar crime.
RJMP is currently implementing RJRPP programs in San Diego County correctional facilities and hopes to expand to more facilities. If you are interested in becoming a facilitator of RJRPP groups, please contact our office. Specialized training is required and a full 10 week commitment is expected.