The St. Louis Area Restorative Justice Collaboration began in March 2004, when a group of people working in or interested in restorative justice met for the first time. They gathered to meet, network, share expertise and to begin developing a broad based coalition of people involved in and committed to restorative justice. Overall, the goal was and continues to be to move restorative justice from “programs” to a way of thinking and living.
In 2006, the group adopted by-laws and official board positions began in 2007. In the spirit of restorative justice, the group adopted a consensus method of decision-making rather than voting on issues. This has served the Collaboration well.
The Collaboration has hosted events within the community to raise awareness of and educate the public about restorative justice. In March, 2005, the Missouri Restorative Justice Coalition, a state-wide group, was formed and many public events were co-hosted by both groups.
Some of the Community education events are:
April, 2005 – “A Forum on Restorative Justice” at the University City library
November, 2005 – Three events during International Restorative Justice Week
April, 2006 – “Restorative Justice 101” training at the St. Louis Police Academy
October, 2006 – A Co-sponsor for Peace Colloquy RJ Conference, Independence, MO
April, 2007 – Table at national Crime Victims’ Rights Week kick-off at St. Louis Mills
July, 2007 – Training “In the Aftermath of Crime: Responding to Victim Trauma”
November, 2007 – Showing of “Beyond Conviction” and discussion at The Ethical Society
April, 2008 – Table at National Crime Victims’ Rights Week kick-off, Lucas School House
April, 2009 – Presentation of “Beyond Just Us: Restorative Justice in St. Louis”, film and victim speakers in St. Louis for National Crime Victims’ Rights Week
December, 2009 – Training: “Building on Basics: Using Restorative Justice Skills to Enhance Your Practice”
November, 2010 – Sponsored “Peacemaking Circle Training” conducted by Kay Pranis
We invite you to participate in the Restorative Justice Collaboration.
We have bi-monthly meetings to collaborate and distribute information. Speakers are available for presentations on Restorative Principals and basics or more specialized practices. We also hold events in the community to raise the public’s awareness of Restorative Justice and how it can be implemented in many different ways.
Make check payable to: St. Louis Area Restorative Justice Collaboration
Mail payment and membership information to:
501 S. Brentwood
Clayton, MO 63105