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Building a Restorative Justice Movement Grounded in Racial Justice

  • Columbia School of Social Work 1255 Amsterdam Ave, Rm 311/312 New York (map)

An approach to justice that focuses on repairing harm, restorative justice (RJ) is well-suited to addressing the impact of racism on individuals and within institutions.  But until recently the RJ field has failed to grapple explicitly with racial injustice—both within the movement itself and within the institutions where it is most often implemented.  However, it is essential for RJ to develop a racially conscious lens, and more broadly, an intersectional lens, especially as it is adopted more broadly within schools and justice systems that are plagued by racial inequity and other forms of oppression.  As an effective alternative to punitive systems, the restorative justice movement must grapple with the historical context in which state punishment has been disproportionately imposed on people of color.
Join Whitney Richards-Calathes, Aisha Norris, José Alfaro, the YA-YA Network and Kay Pranis for a thought-provoking discussion on these questions and more.

Organized by the Center for Justice at Columbia University, the Restorative Justice Initiative, the Criminal Justice Caucus at Columbia School of Social Work and the Field Education Department and Student Services at Columbia School of Social Work.

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