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Community Justice Center

Restorative justice puts a human face on the handling of crime and violence. Rather than being purely punitive in approach, restorative justice involves the entire community.

- Carol Palmer

Restorative Justice creates a better community for all.

Photo of a man in a white tee shirt, white baseball cap, black pants, and white tennis shoes holding a little boy and hugging a woman with his other arm. The little boy is wearing blue and white PJs and grey socks and the woman has long black hair and is wearing a black shirt and jeans. They are standing outside on the sidewalk in front of a beige house with a silver car in the driveway and a lawn to their left.

The Community Justice Center (CJC) in Fresno, California was founded in 2020 amidst the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic. Despite the challenging times and the appearance of being a brand new organization, the CJC has experienced immense growth and was given a huge boost when we were entrusted with valuable, longstanding programs from Fresno Pacific University’s Center for Peacemaking, including VORP, the Victim Offender Reconciliation Program (youth diversion program) and COSA, Circles of Support and Accountability (adult restorative reentry program). 

These restorative justice initiatives are data-driven and proven to save lives, save time and save money by investing in community well-being. 

 

What does CJC do?

CJC facilitates healing through empowering, restorative programs:

  • Community Support
  • Reintegration and community support for our community members coming home after incarceration
  • Mediation between offenders and victims
  • Courses for youth and adults  
  • Providing restorative resolution to community conflict

3 Easy Ways to Support CJC

Text to Donate

Please help support our mission by participating in in our We Are Community Justice campaign with a quick and easy text message donation!

Text COMMUNITYJUSTICE
to 53-555 to donate
QR Code

Here’s another quick way to donate to our #GivingTuesday campaign. Just scan this QR code with your phone or mobile device. 

Amazon Smile

Use the Amazon link to support the CJC through Amazon Smile. When you shop with the CJC designated as your Amazon Smile organization, Amazon will donate 0.5% of your eligible purchases to the CJC – at no cost to you. 

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Events

Trainings, Workshops, Certifications, and more.

Looking for an upcoming volunteer orientation, workshop, or other community event? Check out the calendar here or go straight to our events page for all the details and the ability to search for events. 

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