KALW has partnered with radio producers inside California's oldest prison to bring you the San Quentin Prison Report, a series of stories focusing on the experiences of these men, written and produced by those living inside the prison's walls.
When an offender commits a crime, its repercussions impact not only the victim and the perpetrator, but families, friends, and whole communities.
Restorative justice is an approach that seeks to heal the many dimensions of harm that a crime creates. One way of achieving this is through a practice known as victim-offender dialogue.
Movie still from the restorative justice documentary "Unlikely Friends." www.unlikelyfriendsforgive.com
How does restorative justice work in California? On the next Your Call we’ll talk about programs in California’s prisons that bring victims and offenders of violent crimes together in dialogue. How do these programs work? And what can be gained from alternative methods of rehabilitation? We’ll learn more about restorative justice with members of the Insight Prison Project, a nonprofit that works inside San Quentin. What do you want to know about restorative justice? Join the conversation and call in with your questions on the next Your Call, with Holly Kernan, and you.
When people get into trouble with the law, they normally don’t have a chance to have a conversation with their victims. To explain what happened. Hear about the damage they caused. Say they’re sorry. But there’s a growing trend to try and make that happen, so both parties can move on.
Students at Montera Middle School in Oakland said the school's eighth-grade class was full of "drama" earlier this year. There had been a fight between two girls, and the conflict had broadened to the girls' friends. Some students "were coming to school in sweats, ready to fight," recalled Yari Ojeda-Sandel, a staffer at Montera who coordinates the school's new conflict-resolution program known as restorative justice.