Welcome to Restorative Justice Initiative

Restorative justice is a theory of justice that can be employed both re-actively, in response to conflict and/or crime, and proactively to strengthen community by fostering communication and empathy.  Restorative Justice invites everyone impacted by a conflict and/or crime to develop a shared understanding of both the root causes and the effects.  Restorative Justice seeks to address the needs of those who have been harmed, while encouraging those who have caused harm to take responsibility. Restorative Justice emphasizes the capacity of all people for healing, growth, and transformation and in this way it encourages accountability, self-determination, healing, and interconnection.  Restorative Justice has a range of applications within communities, schools, and the justice system.  It may also be used to address mass social conflict and/or injustice.

Restorative Justice Initiative is a Partner Project of the Fund for the City of New York dedicated to promoting restorative principles, practices and programs throughout New York City. We serve as a hub and a clearinghouse, distributing information about upcoming events, trainings, resources, employment and funding opportunities via email and social media to a growing network of restorative practitioners and supporters. We also organize and host events intended to build relationships across sectors and raise awareness of restorative practices and their broad applications and efficacy.

Restorative Justice in New York City.
What's happening and why we need it.

For an overview of Restorative Justice programs in New York City, take a look at this video of a recent public forum on the topic held in Manhattan.  For more information, see our Resources page.

What people are saying about Restorative Justice Initiative

I see RJ as the arena in which transformation can happen, a paradigm shift both at the grass roots level and at the institutional level, where our shared humanity prevails. This is the beauty of circles, of community building, of shared values, of deep respect for difference. The only limit to its application is the limit of our imagination. The work that is happening in RJ gives me hope for the world in which my children and grandchildren will be living. I see the RJI as an essential vehicle for that transformation by providing an avenue for communication among those engaged in RJ in the NY area, by introducing RJ to the public, and by creating a forum where new ideas can be explored and implemented.
— Paula