The Restorative CommUnity Coalition
~Reclaiming Lives Since 2006~
One of our clients:
A young woman, she had dozens of arrests and several years of prison behind her before she was 24 years old. She came to a meeting and said that she knew upon her last release, “that when I got out this time, I was either going to end up in prison for life, or I would be dead. Instead, I was referred to the Restorative Community Coalition by a friend.
“They asked me, ‘How can we help you? What do you need?’ That had never happened. Frankly, I didn’t know how to do this life. The Coalition changed my life forever. With one case manager and $1500 invested in me, I was able to break the pattern of abuse. I am now fully employed, reconnected to family, and love going to work!”
Another client, had 2o- years behind bars in his first 50 years of life. He could've gotten his 3rd strike, if he violated his parole. He had cost society almost a million dollars, just in direct costs. Read more...
“I had no way to understand anything other than rebellion, anger and abuse. I was raised in foster homes from the age of four. I dealt with so much violence, I didn’t know there was any other way – until I read a book on restorative justice. I was determined to find out how that could work. And so I brought the book to the Coalition.
They started listening to me, mentoring me, and I have changed my entire worldview about how things work! I got my drivers license at age 50, started doing various kinds of therapy and work…and I am working toward having my own home.
While it is not easy to live with my past habits, I am rebuilding my life. I no longer believe that life in prison is inevitable. Instead, I am building a future that I am very proud of, and that works for ME!“
GRANDMOTHER - NO PRIOR HISTORY OF INCARCERATION
“I was a professional under deep stress, and due to many business pressures an the betrayal of a family member, I ended up emotionally depressed and I was self-medicating. As a result I ended up in the system with a DUI for marijuana…and that started a nightmare of dealing with the justice system. I had no prior experience, and the trauma and deep emotional distress caused my mental health to deteriorate dramatically. With the mentoring I received, I have been able to reclaim my dignity, restore my world…I am forever grateful.”
Videos WORTH Watching!
NO to Mass Incarceration
Invest in People Not Jails
Prisons for Profit
Smart On Crime
How RJ Works in Schools
Listen to Your Enemy
WWU & the Coalition
Judge + Heart = Justice
RESTORATIVE JUSTICE BLOG
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