Virginia Center for Restorative Justice (VCRJ) was formed in August
2010 as a faith-based 501(c)(3) non-profit organization. We began to
recruit and train volunteers right away. One of our first programs were
dialog circles, based on restorative justice and the principles of
trust, honesty, respect, empathy, forgiveness, integrity,
accountability, determination, humility and service to community. We
offer this popular dialog circle program in prisons as a five-week or
ten-week class, called “How to Handle Conflict.”
We began offering the Victim Offender Conference
as a diversion program in Henrico and Richmond City Juvenile Court
Service Units in 2015.
Being able to offer young people a second chance
to take responsibility and make things right to the people they harmed
Over the first few years, we received 50 case
referrals for Victim Offender Conferences.
We had an 87% success rate. (87% of the young people who completed our
restorative justice program did not re-offend within a year.)
evidence supports our belief that people are less likely to re-offend when they are held accountable, given the opportunity to face their victims and “make right” the harm they created.
Since 2017, VCRJ has also provided an after-school program that showed children about restorative justice values.
We created dialog circles for high school youth, restorative justice training for teachers and school administrators, and training/workshops on restorative justice for state employees and VCRJ Volunteers.
About the Center
We are a faith based non-profit organization dedicated to providing cooperative methods of resolving conflict. Our services include training and facilitation of restorative justice conferencing, restorative justice circles, restorative justice values-based programs, and introductory restorative justice training.