Help Fund a Short Film on Restorative Justice
We just launched the new IndieGoGo crowdfunding campaign "Changing Hearts and Minds: A Restorative Justice Film" to raise money for a 30-minute film that will spread the word about the mission of Restorative Resources.
Our staff, volunteers, board members and advisors will present this short film to groups in our community – service clubs, faith-based groups, donors and community leaders. The film will serve as a powerful catalyst for education, discussion and the further growth and commitment to the cause of restorative justice in Sonoma County and beyond.
To find out more about the campaign and make a donation, go here. Thanks for your support!
We See It As 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.
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Restorative Justice is a Tier-1 Evidence Based Program
The effectiveness of Restorative Justice Conferencing is supported by many research and evaluation findings. Restorative Resources is recognized by Sonoma Upstream Investments as a provider of Restorative Conferencing, a Tier 1 Evidence Based Practice of the highest ranking.
News: SR School Board approves $125k pilot program with Restorative Resources
On Sept. 25, the Santa Rosa City Schools Board of Education voted to approve a contract with Restorative Resources to fund a pilot program for restorative justice suspension diversion at Elsie Allen High School and Cook Middle School.
Read the Press Democrat story and a great Press Democrat editorial.
Intro to Restorative Justice
Training: Nov. 13, Jan. 9 & Feb. 13
This foundational instruction is the first step to becoming a restorative justice volunteer and joining a growing network of community-based restorative councils around the country. Sign up here!
News: Graduation Ceremony
Our latest class of successful participants took the stage and signed their Noble Man's Pledge at the Accountability Circle graduation ceremony on June 28 in Santa Rosa. Check out the slideshow and video.
News: Restorative Resources featured in the Press Democrat
Piner High School assistant principal Tim Zalunardo works closely with Restorative Resources.
Press Democrat writer Kerry Benefield 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"
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