Action Hero: Restorative Partners helps victims and offenders by reforming SLO’s Justice System
As an often overlooked demographic, recently released offenders frequently return to the public unprepared to be fully integrated back into their day to day lives. Restorative Partners works with individuals currently incarcerated to maintain academic and career skills through a variety of programs.
Men and women in the county jail, as well as adolescents in Juvenile detention, can take an array of classes that benefit their transition. Courses range from creative writing and drama, to dental work and job readiness, or even alternatives to violence. Local volunteers are a vital part of the Restorative Partners team, and have the opportunity to make a concrete impact on their community by teaching. Currently, they are hiring a re-entry mentor coordinator that will match inmates with mentors for easier re-entry into the community.
The overarching goals of Restorative Partners are to educate the community on the philosophy of restorative justice, to initiate and sponsor services at the SLO County Jail and Juvenile Hall, to recruit and train volunteers, and to gain wide spread support to sustain the organization.
Restorative Partners is holding their annual fundraiser on June 6th.