In 2015, I made it my mission to address these needs because, at its core, restorative justice is a relational approach to justice. Since RJI’s formation, we have grown a highly engaged network of over 3,700 and a digital reach of nearly 9,000 practitioners and advocates through which we foster collaboration and collective action across sectors.
One thing is certain, during the primary in June and last week in the general election, rising crime rates and public safety were at the forefront of New York City voters’ minds. But can our elected officials deliver what we really want?
One of the most common misunderstandings is that the goal of restorative justice is to restore justice.
You may have seen some news reports this week and last about the disposition of the now infamous Amy Cooper case, in which it was described as restorative justice.
As I begin Election Day 2020, a day that’s sure to be filled with frantic prognostication and analysis in the media, I am asking myself, what does restorative practice have to offer in this moment?
In 2014 two rookie officers with the NYPD shot a Black man to death on a weekday afternoon on a busy commercial street outside my office window. A pedestrian was also injured by a stray bullet that day.