Restorative Justice in Oakland and Beyond-a Wellstone Club Discussion with Fania Davis and Malachi Scott


What is Restorative Justice and How It Is Being Implemented 
in Oakland and Beyond 

Fania E. Davis, Oakland attorney and director of Restorative Justice for Oakland Youth (RJOY), will speak at the Wellstone Democratic Renewal Club meeting on Thursday, February 26, 2015, at 7 pm at the Humanist Hall, 390 27th Street, Oakland.  Ms. Davis will discuss Restorative Justice principles, practices, data, with applications in Oakland.  She will also touch on how Restorative Justice might be used to address police violence and structural racism.  A potluck dinner begins at 6 pm; please bring food to share.

The dramatic successes of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission in healing the wounds of mass violence in South Africa and of restorative juvenile justice legislation in making youth incarceration virtually obsolete in New Zealand inspired civil rights attorney and community activist Fania E. Davis to explore the possibility of an Oakland initiative.

A leader since 2005 in bringing restorative justice policies and practices to Northern California, Restorative Justice for Oakland Youth interrupts cycles of violence, incarceration, and wasted lives by promoting restorative justice policies and practices in schools, communities, and in the juvenile justice system. RJOY’s advocacy and successes at its first pilot site in eliminating violence, reducing racially disparate suspensions, and increasing academic outcomes led the Oakland school district to adopt restorative justice as official policy in 2010. In 2007, there was only one restorative justice school site. Today, there are almost 30. RJOY’s work with formerly incarcerated youth has led to lowered recidivism.

Jack Kurzweil

2 Comments on "Restorative Justice in Oakland and Beyond-a Wellstone Club Discussion with Fania Davis and Malachi Scott"

  1. rashidah grinage | February 26, 2015 at 5:48 am | Reply

    I have the CPRB; maybe I’ll stop by after that…


    “If not us, then who? If not now, then when?” ― John E Lewis

  2. henry, a nobody | April 27, 2016 at 6:28 pm | Reply

    Dear Nonaccommodationists,
    If you really want to end this contrived, new, racist Jim Crow called the ‘eternal WAR to end drug use’ all you have to do is ‘demand’ just one hearing in Congress or the legislature in Sacramento where European officials can explain their freer, more just and non racism serving crime and drug laws.
    All the facts 100% evidence if this ‘FREEST, MOST JUST NATION ON EARTH’ were to TRY their laws up to 95% of U.S. prisons would close, innocent lives would be saved, streets made safer, etc. All the facts are out there, but good luck in finding even one ‘caring’ politician, rights attorney, rights org. et al—Black, White or Latino—that will ever call for just one hearing. They will lament and bemoan this evil but bottom line human nature never changes and they benefit too much from being ‘accommodationists’ to risk becoming an activist.
    For MLK, Emit, Laquan, Tamir, Mr. Gray, et al,
    henry, a nobody nonaccommodationist

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