We work in collaboration with community-based organizations, government victim advocates, and incarcerated people to identify system reforms and community resources to address needs and provide opportunities for healing. We understand that systemic oppression and intergenerational trauma are foundational to much of the violence in our society.
In both theory and practice, Re:store Justice embraces and promotes the foundational tenets of restorative justice to heal individuals and our communities, and transform our criminal justice system. Through our work organizing restorative justice symposia inside of prisons, training affected individuals and advocates, facilitating individual victim-offender dialogues, providing community days of healing for both victims and offenders, and facilitating restorative justice classes in prison, we build and strengthen key relationships, provide opportunities for equitable dialogue, encourage accountability, and engage all stakeholders to be directly involved in the process of responding to harms caused.
Re:store Justice advocates for criminal justice and prison reform in California, guided by those impacted most: the incarcerated, survivors of crime, and their communities. In coalition with partner organizations, we fight to advance evidence-based and trauma-informed policies rooted in improving public safety, creating healthier communities, and protecting vulnerable populations.
Through research and assessment, we identify health, economic, educational, social, and public safety policies that maintain inequalities between groups and hold our government accountable to make necessary structural changes.
All incarcerated people should be afforded a meaningful opportunity for parole and this opportunity should begin the moment an offender enters prison. This is a valued belief based in public consensus: the California Legislature recently found and declared, “the purpose of sentencing is public safety achieved through punishment, rehabilitation, and restorative justice.” (Penal Code section 1170(a)).
To support our state’s new mission and help people attain the freedom for which they work hard for, Re:store Justice has partnered with the University of San Francisco School of Law Criminal and Juvenile Justice and Racial Justice Clinic to represent individuals at their parole hearings, without charge.
If your loved one is in need of an attorney to represent him or her for their upcoming parole hearing, please fill out the intake form here. Please note that there is a high demand.
We have secured a house that can provide both housing for people recently released, with access to counseling and re-entry services, and also serve as a center for Re:store Justice organizing and events. We always want to invest in and hire the people impacted, and make sure that they have support to be in leadership roles, as we believe that they should be at the forefront of ending mass incarceration. Stay tuned for more information.
First Watch is a media project started at San Quentin State Prison. Through personal narratives told from the perspective of those inside, the project highlights the transformative work that can take place inside prison walls. In an effort to humanize incarceration, the series explores how accountability and rehabilitation open the potential for healing and restoration. It is the first project of its kind; shot, directed, cut, and scored entirely by the men inside.