Restorative Justice International (RJI)
RJI is a global association and network with over 5800 members (to date) founded in 2009 via our social media hub at LinkedIn to support and expand victims-driven restorative justice efforts worldwide. RJI’s president is Lisa Rea, a national and international restorative justice expert with 20 years’ experience in the field. RJI’s Global Advisory Council (GAC) is comprised of influential global leaders in restorative justice, justice reform and in the field of human rights.
Since 2001 through The Justice & Reconciliation Project (JRP), Ms. Rea’s work has focused on bringing restorative justice to victims of violent crime nationally. Now RJI leads an effort to advocate for and implement victims-driven restorative justice nationally and globally putting victims in the center of the justice system, seeking restoration of victims, as much as possible, as well as communities, while stressing offender accountability. Through offender accountability offenders are transformed.
RJI is a place where lawmakers, nonprofits, businesses, government agencies and individuals can share information about justice reform and restorative justice while networking with others doing this work globally. RJI’s focus is to educate and share information on restorative justice while advocating for restorative justice on the cutting edge. We support public policies that promote restorative justice which stress the need to restore the victim, as much as possible, and communities also injured by crime. Restorative justice urges offenders to take responsibility for their actions. Restorative justice can be applied to any kind of crime: nonviolent and violent. The principles apply to juvenile and adult offenders alike. While victim offender dialogue (or family group conferencing) is to RJI the “gold standard” of restorative justice principles there are many options that reflect restorative justice in our justice systems. But for justice reform to be restorative crime victims must be in the center of the process or processes.
RJI’s presence on social media (LinkedIn and Facebook) continues to draw a diverse number of interested parties from around globe attracted to restorative justice and hungry to learn more. At our social media hub discussions are moderated by RJI. Sometimes those conversations are sensitive and controversial as we discuss justice reform vis a vis restorative justice principles. RJI also seeks to educate those who are trying to learn about victims-driven restorative justice and its use around the globe. Our online dialogue is impacting the national and global debate about crime and its effects while laying the groundwork for the expansion of restorative justice as a means of systemic criminal justice reform. RJI stresses the need for justice reform based on a vision that only restorative justice provides.
RJI’s membership represents some of the following countries: United Kingdom, Rwanda, India, United States, Australia, Canada, Spain, Netherlands, Costa Rica, Nigeria, Ireland, New Zealand, Ethiopia, Thailand, South Africa, Greece, Malta, Zimbabwe, Finland and others. See our affiliate members listed on this website. Join us!
Our Global Advisory Council (GAC) includes the following esteemed members. We thank each one for their contribution to RJI.
Jo Berry, Founder, Building Bridges For Peace, victim of violent crime (UK) http://www.buildingbridgesforpeace.org/
Ray and Vi Donovan, Chris Donovan Trust, victims of violent crime (UK) http://chrisdonovantrust.org
Dr. Don John Omale, Professor, Restorative Justice & Victimology, Federal University Wukari, Taraba State Nigeria (Nigeria)
Dr. Sandro Calvani, Senior Advisor on Strategic Planning, The Mae Fah Luang Foundation; Former Director, United Nations Crime and Justice Research Institute (Bangkok, Thailand) http://www.sandrocalvani.it
Jonathan Peter Clayton, Executive Director & Pastor, Hope Prison Ministry (Cape Town, South Africa)
Bill Dyer, President, Restored Life Journeys; victim of violent crime (Florida, U.S.) http://www.RestoredLifeJourneys.org
Virginia Domingo de la Fuente, Sociedad Cientifica de Justicia Restaurativa (Burgos, Spain) http://www.justiciarestaurativa.es/
Dr. Paul McCold, Research Criminologist specializing in restorative justice (California, U.S.)
John Ngabo, Pastor, La Fraternite Evangelique des Prisons (Kigali, Rwanda)
Bill Pelke, Co-founder, Journey of Hope: From Violence to Healing, victim of violent crime (Alaska, U.S.) https://www.journeyofhope.org/who-we-are/
Our mission and goals are the following:
1. Expand RJI’s global network worldwide
a) work regionally to build support
b) host gatherings (including online), symposiums and panels to educate new members, prospective members, public officials, the public and the media.
c) provide training through webinars and on-site events
2. Highlight the work of RJI Affiliates who are doing restorative justice around the world and provide opportunities to tell their stories through the media/press and social media
3. Develop public policy models and legislation to expand the use of restorative justice
a) provide analysis of legislative proposals or existing statutes;
b) disseminate and make available analyses on key public policy proposals;
4. Partner with others to launch pilot projects to test new restorative justice approaches;
5. Support evidence-based research in the field
a) partner with those doing the research, and b) disseminate the research conducted;
6. Conduct training on victims-driven restorative justice including educating members, supporters and the public on lobbying effectively on restorative justice;
a) recruit legislative advocates (i.e. lobbyists) and provide training to make them more effective in making the case for victims-driven restorative justice
b) provide guidance to advocates
7. Recruit and educate crime victims to support the work of RJI.
a) urge victims to tell their stories and assist in providing a platform for them to speak
b) host crime victim panels on restorative justice;
8. Create and expand a legislative network inside RJI composed of:
a) grassroots supporters of RJI around the globe;
b) key contacts who support RJI’s goals and have access to key public officials, correctional officials, etc.
9. Create media opportunities to provide greater visibility through the use of film, television, radio, online social media venues.
10. Speak nationally and internationally on the work of RJI.
11. Examine and speak out on wrongful convictions. Restorative justice applies to miscarriages of justice since the real offender has not been found in such cases while an innocent person is doing time for a crime he has not committed. No victim of violence wants to see an innocent person in prison or on death row for a crime he did not commit.
Join us as an Affiliate Member at the website (see tab under Join Us) or choose to contribute directly to RJI. You can also suggest a way of partnering with RJI in new and creative ways. We think big!
Lisa Rea, President
Restorative Justice International (RJI)
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We also appreciate the support we have received from Peter B. Collins of Collins Media Service in assisting with our video and podcast production. https://www.peterbcollins.com/about/