Panelists: Dr. Sejung Yang, Erika Sasson, Rami El Gharib, Vanessa Westley, Dr. Elena Quintana, Avery Arrington (moderator)
Description: This session introduced participants to the key principles of restorative justice, an alternative response to crime that focuses on understanding the needs that led to an offense, the impacts of the crime on the victim and wider community, and on forming a plan to repair the harm caused to the degree possible. Restorative justice approaches promote accountability and help facilitate greater understanding and healing. The panel featured representatives from community restorative justice programs who discuss their programs, how they interact with the criminal justice system, and outcomes relevant to community violence prevention and intervention. Presenters shared recommendations for implementing restorative justice across the country based on their experience.