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, training, 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.