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What is RPIC’s Case Referral Program?
Our Restorative Practices in Communities (RPIC) Program utilizes facilitated dialogue grounded in restorative justice principles as a conflict resolution model and alternative to traditional forms of criminal legal systems. After an incidence of harm or conflict, RPIC creates the space for those impacted to meet together and share their story, take responsibility for the harm their actions may have caused and create agreements that support what meaningful justice looks like to them.  We value the wisdom and power of a restorative circle to uncover healthy next steps for healing as well as sustainable solution-making around an issue.

With a focus on relationships, we create a space that shifts the paradigm from narrow punishment to a holistic healing and accountability model. The restorative circles are focused on promoting understanding of the impact an incident has caused, healing damaged relationships and restoring healthy connections between participants.

How does it work?
Participants are led to propose their own solutions to resolve the underlying conflict. Participants are asked to reach a consensus agreement that fits the unique circumstances and issues raised in each case. This promotes personal accountability and gives the participants a meaningful opportunity to create a sustainable safety net to help prevent future conflicts. The process encourages the inclusion of people who are not traditionally considered “parties” to a conflict, such as mentors, friends, outside family members and sometimes community service providers to offer support, accountability and encouragement.

We offer the ability for individual community members, families, judicial systems or community agencies at-large to refer their case at any stage of conflict. Our program organizes its cases under two main categories: Restorative Youth Diversion and Restorative Community Circles.

  1. Restorative Youth Diversion (RYD): Work with the referring legal agency and/or affiliated service provider to facilitate an alternative legal diversion process for the youth who committed a crime and those who were harmed by that action. Currently, this program path is geared to divert cases where a youth 17 and under has been charged with the crime. Our cases may be referred by police departments, probation, district attorney offices, youth group homes, housing authority agencies and court systems. Cases may range from (but not limited to): school bullying, physical assault, burglary, low level drug offenses, property vandalism, school truancy, sexual harassment and trespassing.
  2. Restorative Community Circles (RC Circles): With a focus on relationships, our circle keepers create a facilitated space for those impacted by a harm or conflict to meet together to share their story, express needs, take responsibility for the impact of one’s actions and collaboratively create agreements to support healthy resolution and meaningful healing steps for all participants involved. Cases can be referred directly by community members, families, schools, organizations and other advocacy resources. This pathway has no age restriction nor requires an active crime charged. Case referrals may range from (but not limited to): child custody issues; cultural, identity or bias based tension; post incarceration re-entry support; organizational conflict; family based conflict or community-based disputes.These are voluntary processes for all participants.

Case Referral Process:

To make a case referral, please contact:

Los Angeles Based Inquiries: 
Jamelle Fortune-Turner – RPIC Case Manager
562.435.8184 x 238; jturner@cacej.org

Long Beach / South Bay Based Inquiries:
Alejandro “Ali” Haezaert-Caraveo –
RPIC Case Manager
562.435.8184 x 235; ahaezaert@cacej.org

For Monolingual Spanish Speakers:
Rachel Baker, M.A.Ed. – RPIC Case Manager
562.435.8184 x 242; rbaker@cacej.org

Your request will be quickly reviewed and an over the phone or in-person intake session will be scheduled. Upon moving forward with a case, each individual will participate in circle preparation sessions.  A staff member and/or a trained community volunteer will facilitate the restorative process. Circle process itself may resolve in one session however often times, take a series of circles.  We can accommodate for evening and/or weekend circles. A period of case management is available after healing steps and agreements are decided upon.

Where we serve:
CCEJ is a contractor for the Los Angeles County Dispute Resolution program coordinated by the Los Angeles County Commission on Human Relations (LACCHR) as well as the National Association for Community Mediation (NAFCM). Our RPIC program primarily provides conflict resolution services to residents of South Los Angeles, Compton, Long Beach and Greater Los Angeles geographic areas. This program is low-cost or sliding scale to community.

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  • Customized Workshops or Trainings: RPIC’s seasoned trainers and curricula authors design and facilitate workshop/training modules based on a community group or organization’s specific needs and area of skills improvement.
  • Bi-Yearly Trainings: Through our Healing Harms training arch, community members have the opportunity to develop and learn the skills necessary to be a volunteer circle keeper and/or workshop facilitator for cases referrals from our restorative justice programming.  Through our community mediation training, community members can become certified mediators compliant with California standards of basic mediation training.
     
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