Welcome to Restorative Justice Evanston
Break the cycle... Join a circle.
"In its positive form, nonviolence means the largest love, the greatest charity." Mahatma Ganhdi
Restorative Justice is a Philosophy of justice that recognizes the purposes of misbehavior, addresses the needs of those who carried the harm and works to heal everyone involved.
Mission StatementRJE intervenes in escalating conflicts to promote understanding of the impact and responsibility for repairing harm caused. Through educational programs on conflict resolution practices, RJE gives youth problem-solving tools and provides a safe place for difficult conversations between community members. Participants find respectful and nonviolent solutions to build strength, unity, and respect throughout Evanston.
Background In 2007, a youth conflict over a girl threatened to escalate into neighborhood violence. Restorative justice practitioners gathered parents in circles to talk through the problem. This seemingly intractable conflict quickly ended. The experience inspired citizens to learn more and to institutionalize this practice of meeting in circles by collaborating with the police department and schools. Today, RJE is a grassroots, community-led organization working to make Evanston a community where neighbors address crimes and conflicts with respect and responsibility.