Restorative Justice

We must create a paradigm shift in the way we think about public safety, one that acknowledges the centuries of harm caused by systemic racism and economic exploitation. In the narrowest sense restorative justice is an alternative process -- based on conflict resolution models traditionally found in indigenous communities -- for repairing the harm caused by crime. In the broadest sense restorative justice is a philosophy for creating new paradigms to transform our models for public safety that insists on restoring the humanity of all members of the community as well as creating equitable relationships and structures rooted in fairness.

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​Prevention and Peacemaking

  • Robust and adequately funded 211-311-411-911 system responds to community need within a public health paradigm

  • Neighborhood restorative justice programs create alternate diversion programs to restore relationships when harm occurs

  • Publicly funded community-based mentorship, violence interruption, and peacebuilding programs

  • Opportunities for deep conversation across differences

Transform Policing​

  • Demilitarized policing

  • Community oversight and input on policing practices, including implementation of community-led solutions

  • Strengthened police accountability  

  • Precinct by precinct truth and reconciliation commissions and permanent restorative processes between police and community

  • Rebuilt MPD with officers who more closely resemble the communities they serve

  • Gun violence prevention