Center For Restorative Justice Works

CRJW’s Response to COVID-19!

As the impact of COVID-19 continues to be felt around the world, we hope that you and your loved ones are staying safe, healthy, and in good spirits. Like most – under the guidance of state and national health officials – we shifted our operations to work remotely. However, as of June 12th, we will be returning to in-office hours. Despite all the challenges, our ability to continue supporting our community and the fragile connections children and families have with their incarcerated loved ones is our utmost priority.

That said, our team is actively working with our committed partners, supporters, and volunteers to ensure family reunification programming resumes as soon as it is safe to do so. Our goal is to start in time to offer Get On The Bus during the holiday season. Furthermore, to ensure the safety and well-being of our GOTB participants, volunteers, and partners, we are actively working on safety procedures/protocols for our programs and services.

In the meantime, we continue to support the critical relationships between children and their parents during these unprecedented times. We are in frequent contact with families and are providing “Stay Connected Packages” to our incarcerated mothers and fathers to support communication and family connection. To date, with the support of our partners, we have provided over 500 “Stay Connected Packages.”

In addition, in the spirit of Mother’s and Father’s Day events, we provided Mother’s Day cards to our largest women’s institution in the country and we are currently working with CDCR to provide family videos for Father’s Day.

As we continue to push through these trying times, we ask you to please join us in keeping hope alive for hundreds of children, families, and community members. Now, more than ever, our community needs us!

Thank you for being part of our family of supporters and for making a world of difference in the lives of so many children, families, and community members. We could not do this much-needed work without you. YOU are the foundation of our work. As Mother Teresa reminds us, “Together we can do more.”

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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, right relationship(s) for the common good.


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.

Our Mission

The Center for Restorative Justice Works unites children, families, and communities separated by crime and the criminal justice system. CRJW calls the community to set aside pre-judgments about women and men in prison in order to work together to accompany 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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