RJCA works in Minneapolis neighborhoods to strengthen offender accountability for livability crimes by empowering local citizens to participate directly in the justice process. The offenders that are allowed to enter the program, based on the recommendation of the City Attorney and Restorative Justice coordinators, meet with neighborhood residents to craft personal restitution plans instead of paying the usual fine for these low-level offenses. Based on the data for these crimes, offenders in the RJCA program are less likely to reoffend compared to other criminals that only pay a standard fine.
Restorative Justice has operated in other parts of the city for several years and has recently kicked off their program in Northeast Minneapolis. According to Steve Larson, RJCA works with about 500 offenders throughout the city each year. On February 11, Restorative Justice worked with its first two offenders in the area, one in the Windom Park neighborhood and one in the Marcy-Holmes area.
You can find out more information on Restorative Justice at www.rjca-inc.org.