Who We Are
About Communities for Restorative Justice
Communities for Restorative Justice (C4RJ) is a community-police partnership that offers restorative justice to those affected by crime. Our “circle” process recognizes that crime is a violation of people and relationships, not just a violation of law. We receive police referrals and seek to include those affected by crime in the decision-making: victims, offenders, loved ones, supporters, community members, and law enforcement officials.
C4RJ took its first case in 2000 and has offered restorative justice in hundreds of cases in the Metro Northwest region of Boston. The organization is driven by scores of trained volunteers, is guided by a 13-member board, and employs an executive director and support staff.
C4RJ recently completed a 30-minute film about our work called "Finding Courage: Addressing Harm with Restorative Justice Circles." Click below to watch a 15-minute clip about restorative justice and the circle process.