Restorative Practices

A restorative community conference (RCC) is a face-to-face, problem-solving meeting between people who have been harmed by a crime, the people who caused the harm, and community members.

Led by trained and experienced community facilitators, the people in the RCC discuss the harm and ways to repair it as much as possible.

In the meeting, the persons responsible for the harm are held accountable for their crime. Together the group creates a plan to repair the harm. Once the responsible person fulfills the plan in a timely manner, charges are dismissed.

Benefits to the person harmed:

  • Satisfaction of explaining the impact of the crime
  • Opportunity to have questions answered
  • Input on how the person who caused harm can make things as right as possible
  • Access to community resources
  • Support from the community

Benefits to the person responsible for the harm:

  • Opportunity to take responsibility
  • Creative plan to make things as right as possible for everyone
  • Charges dismissed when plan is complete
  • Access to community resources
  • Support from the community

Benefits to the community:

  • Contribute to the safety and well-being of the community
  • Opportunity to teach and support the person who caused harm to successfully repair the harm
  • Build community strength through relationships and knowledge

The Restorative Community Conference program is a collaborative agreement between NCRC, the residents of City Heights, Mid City CAN and the Juvenile Justice System stakeholders including Probation, District Attorney and the Public Defender. The pilot project is funded by the California Endowment with support from local grants and fees from other NCRC divisions.

To read a Capstone project research paper, written by Jennifer Vermillion, about the impact of restorative discipline in the community click here

City Heights

Francisco Carbajal
4305 University Ave., Suite 110
San Diego, CA 92105
p. (619) 398-0494
f.  (619) 238-8041
Email Francisco

NCRC contracts with the San Diego Unified School District to provide RCC as an alternative to suspensions and expulsions, and supports school campuses across the district with preventative restorative practices.