Keep Massachusetts Youth Out of Court & In School

by Our Restorative Justice (formerly Juvenile Court Restorative Justice Diversion) Vetted since 2016

Summary

Our Restorative Justice (OurRJ) aims to reduce criminalization and avert mass incarceration by empowering youth to develop as valued, productive, and responsible members of their communities. Our programs permit young people to continue their education and, more importantly, avoid a criminal record that cannot be expunged in Massachusetts.

$40,000
total goal
$26,220
remaining
93
donors
3
monthly donors
1
year

Challenge

Expulsion from school can ultimately lead to criminal behavior in the streets, facing a judge and serving time behind bars. This common pathway is frequently referred to as the "school-to-prison pipeline". Disruption of education - coupled with a permanent criminal record - has dire consequences for future employment and life options for young people, especially disenfranchised youth and youth of color.

Solution

OurRJ provides solutions and closure for victims, young offenders and their community rather than putting the focus on punishment and exclusion. Through sustainable, restorative justice practices, participants achieve healing and conflict resolution. Earlier pilot programs have demonstrated that this is an efficient, cost-effective alternative to criminal punishment for juvenile offenses.

Long-Term Impact

With your donation, OurRJ will launch a Family Council Model (FCM) that delivers increased opportunities for healing and growth so communities continue to create a restorative justice community where youth can continue to flourish outside of the OurRJ program. By keeping young people in school, we can ensure they avoid a life of criminal justice involvement and remain on the path to finishing their education and eventually entering the workforce.

Additional Documentation

This project has provided additional documentation in a PDF file (projdoc.pdf).

Resources

http:/​/​ourrj.org
Our Restorative Justice's Website
OurRJ Testimonials

Organization Information

Our Restorative Justice (formerly Juvenile Court Restorative Justice Diversion)

Location: Lowell, MA - USA
Website: http:/​/​ourrj.org
Facebook: Facebook Page
Twitter: @Our_RJ
Project Leader:
Carmella Cavallaro
Lowell, MA United States
$13,780 raised of $40,000 goal
 
159 donations
$26,220 to go
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