Justice Through Community
Imagine a community where justice is a choice we make as a whole. A place where criminal offenders make amends in a council that includes the victim, their neighbors, volunteers and community leaders. A system where the goals are taking responsibility and repairing harm instead of punishment and retribution.
This is the mission of Restorative Resources. Since 2001, the community-based nonprofit organization has facilitated hundreds of cases, pioneering the growing field of restorative justice in Sonoma County.
What Sets Us Apart
At Restorative Resources, experienced and compassionate volunteers lead restorative conferences where offenders meet with victims in a circle that includes all parties involved - often arresting officers, school officials and community members. Through deep discussion and honest dialogue, they explore exactly what happened and who was affected. The goal is to reach reconciliation and determine what the offender must do to make amends.
Proven Track Record
For over a decade, Restorative Resources has worked with the Sonoma County Probation Department in implementing multiple juvenile and adult offender programs. After more than 1,000 cases, the percentage of repeat offenders is less than 6%. It’s also worth noting that 94% of the victims involved are very satisfied and 98% of law enforcement are satisfied.
But, it’s about far more than just numbers and statistics. Restoring balance, restoring families, restoring responsibility - Restorative Resources is a new way of looking at the roles we all play in society. It's about more than just a broken criminal justice program that no longer suits our needs. It's about broken communities coming back together.
NEWS: Restorative Resources Featured in the Press Democrat
Press Democrat writer Kerry Benefield came out and observed Restorative Resources in action and interviewed one of our program graduates whose expulsion was overturned by the Santa Rosa School Board. Here are the two stories:
- "Some Santa Rosa schools explore alternatives to student suspensions"
- "Santa Rosa school district working to cut high suspension totals"
Intro to Restorative Justice
Trainings in Santa Rosa: June 19