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Restorative Justice in the Community

Bronx Community Justice has been running circles in the Bronx since May 2018, and the community is already yearning for more circle opportunities. When conducting outreach for community member volunteers, community members often express that community justice is long overdue in the Bronx. Potential volunteers express an eagerness to participate in the program, and frequently ask if it is possible for them to refer members of the community who have been arrested. Khalil, one our regular community member volunteers who is also heavily involved in community organizing and violence prevention in the Bronx, expressed his gratitude for the BCJ restorative circle model. After being trained in restorative practices by BCJ staff, he now brings the circle model into his daily community work, and has begun implementing restorative justice circles in his meetings with young people. Khalil has expressed an interest in taking BCJ’s work even further, stating: “how can we take what we’re already doi…

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