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Restorative Practices in Communities (RPIC):

The Restorative Practices in Communities (RPIC) department offers restorative models and alternatives to traditional approaches of conflict resolution to institutional systems, nonprofit organizations, coalitions, families and communities across Southern California. After an incident of harm or conflict, RPIC brings together the people who are responsible and those who are impacted to address the harm caused and create agreements to build meaningful justice. Through our four core programs – Restorative Youth Diversion (RYD), Restorative Community Circles (RCC), Raising FUTUREs Restorative Parent/Caregiver Education, and Restorative Justice Training and Technical Assistance, CCEJ is developing a more humane and just system for community accountability.

Restorative Youth Diversion (RYD): Restorative Justice diversion program offered as an alternative to the juvenile justice system for youth 17 and under that have been charged with a crime and those who were harmed by that action. RYD provides youth with intensive case management as they understand the reasons for their actions and the harm they have caused, plan for future success, and practice accountability to the people they harmed. CCEJ partners with a wide range of referring legal agencies including police departments and district attorney offices.

Restorative Community Circles (RC Circles): Restorative Justice processes for community groups, families, individuals, neighbors, coworkers, and others interested in addressing conflicts and collaboratively creating agreements to support healthy resolution and meaningful healing steps for all participants involved.

Raising FUTUREs (Families United in Thriving and Understanding Restorative Environments): A Restorative Justice education program for parents/caregivers of adolescent youth who are targeted by the juvenile justice system. Raising FUTUREs provides workshops that strengthen nonviolent communication skills, guide participants to use restorative justice principles and practices in their everyday family life, prepare caregivers to advocate for their families in a range of settings including schools and workplaces, and help parents and caregivers guide their children away from the juvenile justice system.

Restorative Justice Training and Technical Assistance: CCEJ provides training and technical assistance services to a wide range of agencies to build practitioners’ capacity to implement Restorative Justice practices internally in their policies, practices, and culture, and externally with the communities they serve. CCEJ also offers quarterly trainings throughout the year open to community members who are interested in learning the foundations of Restorative Justice, Community Mediation (Cultivating Compassion), and circlekeeper training (Healing Harms) to become a volunteer on our Restorative Justice diversion casework.

 

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:
Vanessa Petti – Director of Restorative Practices in Communities
562.435.8184 x 229; vpetti@cacej.org

For Monolingual Spanish Speakers:
Mayra Serna – RPIC Training Specialist
562.435.8184 x 239; mserna@cacej.org

Para hablantes monolingües de español:
Mayra Serna – Especialista en Entrenamiento RPIC
562.435.8184 x 239; mserna@cacej.org

Community Mediation Inquiries:
Submit information about your referral here and an RPIC staff person will contact you to schedule a meeting.

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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RPIC Trainings

  • 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.
  • Annual 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. Click here for upcoming training offerings

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