RJ in the Courts
Since it's founding in 1907, The National Council on Crime and Delinquency (NCCD) spearheaded efforts to apply innovative research to policy and practice models within the criminal justice, juvenile justice, and child welfare systems. In Alameda County, CA, NCCD has developed and implemented a restorative juvenile diversion program--the goal of which is to reduce rates of incarceration and recidivism while promoting healing for the victims of crimes. Commenting on the beneficial outcomes of restorative justice within the criminal justice system, Sujatha Baliga--Senior Program Specialist for NCCD--had the following to say: "...in some ways, the state can even stand in sort of to remove power from victims at times, depending on the district attorney who's involved. But when victims actually get to be part of participatory dialogue and decision-making, it is an incredibly empowering experience"
Listen to Sajutha Baliga speak more about NCCD's restorative justice program in Alameda County here