The Criminal Justice Program aims to teach it students about alternatives to the criminal legal system, one of which is restorative justice. Restorative justice is a philosophy and theory of justice, but it is also a way of being. It is a paradigm shift that requires us to think about crime as a wound and justice as healing. Restorative justice is most commonly thought of as a practice that brings together the person who caused harm and the person who was harmed in a process that requires true accountability and centers on the healing of victims/survivors. However, restorative justice incorporates a spectrum of practices from circle practices in schools to non-violent communication, to restorative dialogues in prison settings.
The Criminal Justice Program works with a variety of entities in order to bring restorative justice opportunities to students, including Re:Store Justice and Los Angeles County's Office of Youth Diversion and Development.