Restorative Justice Initiative

More Healing, Less Punishment

Restorative Justice Initiative is a New York City, multi-sector network of practitioners, advocates and community members seeking to increase support for, and access to, restorative justice approaches for all New Yorkers. By supporting collaboration and transparency among programs and practitioners, RJI is building a movement rooted in shared power that will reduce violence and create a more safe, just, and equitable city.

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RJI Builds Community

“When I am contacted by people who want to know what is going on in New York and want to connect to practitioners there, I always refer them to Restorative Justice Initiative. RJI has played an important role in connecting and convening people interested in restorative justice. I am so grateful that RJI exists!”

– Kay Pranis,
nationally recognized restorative justice leader,
trainer and author of multiple books on peacemaking circles.

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What is restorative justice?

Restorative Justice

is a set of principles and practices rooted in indigenous societies. Restorative justice can be applied both reactively in response to conflict and/or crime, and  proactively to strengthen community by fostering communication and empathy.

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A small but mighty team committed to championing restorative justice in NYC and beyond.

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The generous individuals, foundations and organizations making our work possible.