Restorative Justice creates a better community for all.
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
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RECENT BLOG POSTS
The majority of individuals who are living their life on an everyday basis do not need or desire conflict in their lives. And why should they? We all desire for things to run smoothly, so as not to interrupt our lives, but we know that is not the real world. When one is involved in community mediation, we know that conflict is: normal, natural and necessary, and if conflict is not dealt with at the earliest stage, it only festers and builds and leads to the type of situation where more injury can occur.
“We do not heal isolation. Connecting with others is how we develop compassion for others and for ourselves. A person is a person through other persons; you can’t be human in isolation; you are human only in relationships” -Desmund Tutu The COSA program is committed to creating a safer community by supporting adults in reentry.
Here at VORP, we believe that true justice is Restorative. This belief allows us to address the harms and needs of those harmed as well as those who have caused harm instead of simply inflicting punishment. In a recent case, a high school student by the name of Michael stole another student’s (Catherine) phone, and