Center For Restorative Justice Works

Let Us Summon New Levels of Empathy and Humanity!

This is an extraordinary moment in history. All at once, we are facing a pandemic, an economic shock that has forced us to adapt, and social upheaval that is challenging all of us to think and act differently. In the midst of this, the tragic killing of George Floyd, compounded by other senseless acts over the years, has sparked decades of collective anger and frustration over the unacceptable abuse of power and authority. There is no doubt that the weight of these challenges disproportionately falls on our most vulnerable communities. 

This is our moment to lead and fully commit to creating a fair, just, and inclusive culture. It is a collective responsibility to summon new levels of empathy and humanity. 

We honor the life of George Floyd, with respect to his family and all those who face trauma and uncertainty during these unimaginably tragic times. We stand in unison with our partners, who continue to represent justice on the frontlines. 

We are an organization made up of extraordinary people of diverse races, religions, and backgrounds, all worthy of the same dignity. We view our differences as one of our great strengths. At CRJW, we are a team – not in word, but in bond.

In a time of hardship and uncertainty, one thing is for sure: we remain a family and an organization that is stronger together and committed to racial and social justice.  

“I alone cannot change the world, but I can cast a stone across the water to create many ripples.”  – Mother Teresa

Who We Are

The Center for Restorative Justice Works (CRJW) was founded in October 2002 to innovate a broad, grass-roots, response to those impacted by crime and the criminal justice system. We advocate, educate, and demonstrate the critical need to mend, re-weave, and re-connect the primary relationship between child-parent, families-loved ones, and the community in and out of prison.

We believe these relationships are being torn apart by crime and the criminal justice system and this contributes to an unsuccessful rehabilitation and has an effect on recidivism.

We believe this is a factor in unsuccessful rehabilitation. CRJW promotes systemic change.

We promote a restorative justice agenda.

We work to advance principles of healing through a trauma-informed lens.


California 46
California 46 adult prisons
165,000 men and women
200,000 children
California has the largest prison system in the nation with 46 adult prisons/facilities that house over 165,000 men and women who leave approximately 200,000 children without one or both of their parents.

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Our Mission

The Center for Restorative Justice Works

unites children, families, and communities separated by crime and the criminal justice system. Through our five core programs, CRJW calls the community to set aside pre-judgments about women and men in prison in order to work together to accompany children and families torn apart by the crime and the criminal justice system; create awareness about the negative impacts of incarceration on children and families, and advocate for programs and policies that restore relationships.

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