The Restorative Justice Mediation Program (RJMP) is now facilitating a 20-week, cognitive-based, restorative-justice program for offenders incarcerated in San Diego county jails and detention centers who are preparing for reentry into our communities. The rudiments of this program are based on the restorative justice principles and practices of:
- recognizing harms,
- developing empathy and remorse,
- understanding victim impact, and
- personal healing.
Offenders participate in a Victim Offender Dialogue circle with surrogate victims of similar crimes; which is a major step in the restorative healing process of both offenders and victims.
RJMP is currently facilitating 20-week programs in:
- South Bay Detention Facility in Chula Vista,
- Las Colinas Detention and Reentry Facility in Santee,
- East Mesa Reentry Facility in Otay Mesa and
- is scheduled to offer groups in Vista Detention Facility in Vista.
This program has an experiential model of facilitation to best meet the needs of this population. Participants develop new thinking patterns, emotional literacy and an array of different behaviors related to:
- grief and
- recovery planning.
The training is designed for those who are committed to the mission of restorative justice by helping those impacted by trauma, their crime(s) and incarceration, who are ready to transform their lives.