The APADRC’s Restorative Justice Program (RJ) operates in juvenile detention centers and in mainstream and charter schools in Los Angeles County. The APADRC’s RJ program is a preventative resource that can help avoid escalation or repetition of crimes among youths and young adults.
Through RJ facilitation, victims are empowered to heal by taking the step of forgiveness, while offenders are afforded the opportunity to be restored back into the community by taking accountability for their actions. RJ emphasizes collaborative group dialogue and works to break the negative reinforcement cycle of crime and punishment.
As each new generation enters society, it is important that they are equipped with the skills and tools to manage conflict appropriately. The APADRC has been working towards this end for the past 30 years. In the past year we initiated 82 cases with 97.6% being resolved. Here is a snapshot of how we are doing:
We realize that when a harming incident occurs, a lot of pain resides with the parties affected. Accordingly, we want to help the healing process begin as soon as appropriate, for we know that the earlier the healing takes place, the better.
Through generous donations and grants, we are able to provide services to multiple income levels. We bring RJ to the people who need it the most no matter their income. With greater access to RJ, those who are traditionally considered to be on the school-to-prison pipeline can take control of their future.
People are generally more expressive and comfortable when they can share their feelings in their own language. With the use of peer mediators and family members, we are able to conduct RJ sessions in the native language or vernacular of the participants.
We realize the impact culture has on the RJ process. By including key people such as family members, we can work within those cultures to help the healing process begin, and move forward. We tailor each discussion towards the justice that is needed by each culture because RJ is focused on the people involved.
Minors under the age of 17, sometimes do things without thinking of the impact. By applying Restorative Justice principles, instead of being defined by the consequences of misguided impulses, such individuals are given the opportunity to learn from their mistakes. Not only do they learn from those mistakes, but they are able to take part in the healing process and begin to move forward knowing how their own actions impact those around them.
Our RJ Facilitators are well trained and love to help people through this process. Contact us for more information about bringing RJ into your organization!
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