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Live the questions now.

Perhaps then, someday in the the far future, you will gradually, without noticing it,

live your way into the answer.

 from Rainer Maria Rilke's Letters to a Young Poet


 Special Gathering for the Faith Community - Learn More  Aug16RJ.pdf

Welcome to a Restorative Justice [RJ] Conversation!


Three regional task forces in Santa Barbara County are providing educational opportunities and advocating that restorative principles and practices be applied in our neighborhoods, communities and juvenile justice institutions.  Concerned citizens bring a broad range of experiences, perspectives and talents to this effort. 

You are invited to participate.


The harm we do and the harm we suffer as individuals and as a people generate difficult questions.  The societies and institutions that are created in response to harm shape our todays and our distant days.  They become our answers.  Justice-seeking, as a response to harm, has several guises.  It may be retributive, competitive, distributive, collaborative or restorative.  The clamor is for Justice! yet what one gets may not be what is expected or desired.


Each bias addresses distinctive questions and each is evolving its own sets of answers.  A restorative justice approach asks

  • Who has been affected by the harm?
  • What needs to be done to repair the harm or to make things as right as possible for all concerned?
  • What can be learned so something like this can be avoided in the future?


Help us explore for answers and the means to put them into practice.

Our youth and their families deserve the best our hearts and minds can offer.

Our communities need justice that is both healing and life-enhancing.


See the sidebar for links to RJ-relevant literature and county-specific resources. Contact this wiki's owner on the link below for more information on editing or content.  Gratitude goes to Trinity Church Justice Fund for its support.


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