Policy Studies Center
Community and Restorative Justice

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The Office of Community and Restorative Justice (OCRJ) at The University of Texas at San Antonio is dedicated to expanding the use of non-traditional forms of justice to create safe and livable communities. Justice in the 21st Century must do more than arrest and punish offenders, it must also prevent crime, heal those harmed by crime and meaningfully address community problems. The primary strategies for this types of justice are Community Justice and Restorative Justice.

The mission of the Office of Community and Restorative Justice is to:

  • Develop a repository of information;
  • Promote applied research;
  • Assess the efficacy and impact of restorative justice strategies;
  • Assess the extent to which restorative justice principles and practices can be used to augment the traditional justice system in producing a safer society;
  • Encourage the use of restorative practices with victims, offenders, and communities.

What is Restorative Justice?
Restorative Justice is modeled after informal communal justice strategies used by indigenous people throughout human history, by many cultures, and across many faith traditions. It views justice in a different way.

What is Community Justice?
Community Justice seeks to prevent crime by addressing local problems in ways that improve quality of life and the life chances of residents while also reducing crime – particularly in high crime neighborhoods. Working in partnership, area residents and local agencies identify neighborhood concerns and appropriate strategies aimed at strengthening and improving their neighborhood. Such non-traditional approaches include community policing, community prosecution, and community legal-aid.

The OCRJ offers a wide range of training opportunities and consulting services related to community and restorative justice.

For more information please contact 210-458-2546.