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RJ City is a research and design project created to explore what seems to be a gap between the claims that restorative justice offers an alternative approach to conflict, crime and justice on one hand, and the rather limited use of restorative programmes in most countries on the other.
How do we test the full potential of restorative justice? To answer that question one would need a demonstration project where the vision and theory of restorative justice could interact with the reality of crime and conflict. Out of that it would be possible to explore creation of a new model – a restorative model – of crime prevention and response.
Our vision is to transform how societies respond to crime and conflict from what it is today into something that works better for victims, offenders and communities. We hope that this project helps do that. But maybe you were asking a different question....
The project has four phases, the first one of which is basically completed. Phase One focused on the conceptual issues and structural support that a restorative justice system requires. You can read about this in the imaginatively titled RJ City: Phase One.
During Phase One we received a grant from a small foundation that has since dissolved (as far as we can tell, that had nothing to do with its support of RJ City!). The grant allowed us to cover costs related to consulting with each other and to getting drafts written. Right now we are looking for more funding.
Phase One is completed. We have come up with a basic conceptual framework for a restorative justice system that we think works.
Lots. During this next phase of work we will design the component parts of the restorative system. We have sketched the outlines, and now need to fill in details.
RJ City is the brainchild of folks at the Centre for Justice and Reconciliation at Prison Fellowship International. But work on the Project has involved many people from different institutions, agencies and schools around the world.
We are organizing our work the way people in parts of North America did in the 19th and early 20th Centuries when they had a big job to do: they would hold a bee.
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