About RJP

RJP, Inc. brings the victims, offenders, families, and other key stakeholders together in a restorative Justice process to help offenders understand the implications of their actions and provide the victim a voice in the restitution.

In a restorative justice process, the person who has done harm takes responsibility for their actions and the person who has been harmed can take a central role in the process. Restorative processes, which foster dialogue between the offender and the victim, show the highest rates of victim satisfaction, true accountability by the offender, and reduced recidivism.

The Experience

“Restorative justice is a process to involve, to the extent possible, those who have a stake in a specific  offense – victim, offender and the community – and to collectively identify and address harms, needs and obligations, in order to heal and put things as right as possible.” Howard Zehr

The Results

“I chose to meet with the 16 year-old who burglarized my home. The meeting gave this young man the chance to rejoin the community as a productive member rather than become an outcast. He’s now on track to complete his high school education.” Adult male victim

The Effects

“I never knew how stealing could affect people’s lives and how it affects our community in so many different ways.” 15 year old MAP participant

History

1987
Restorative Justice Partners, Inc. (RJP, Inc.) was first introduced into Monterey County as the Victim Offender Reconciliation Program (VORP).

1999
A Community Restorative Justice Commission was appointed by the Monterey County Board of Supervisors.

2002
Contract with the Monterey County Probation Department through the Juvenile Justice Crime Prevention Act.

2003
Merchant Accountability Panel (MAP) is introduced at Northridge and Del Monte shopping centers.

2009
RJ in the Schools partners with Salinas City Elementary School District.

2010
Reintegration Circle Program began with training of local circle keepers.
Victim Impact Program provides speakers to local juvenile institutions.

2012
RJ in the Schools begins to expand throughout Montery County. RJP, Inc. was able to secure resources to sustain the addition of staff to promote and enhance programs.

2013
Strategic visioning of RJP, Inc. Board of Directors led to the opportunity for agency capacity expansion.

2015
As partnerships are developed throughout the County, efforts move toward sustainable and systemic outcomes for those served. Volunteers continue to be the foundation of RJP, Inc.