....A good number of the pieces are there already, in programs like RJOY (Restorative Justice for Oakland Youth). The Santa Cruz article describes excellent programs for teenagers who have committed crimes: like the kid who broke into a math tutor’s car and after restorative justice circles the car owner ended up tutoring the teen to help him through school. But is there a vision for how an entire city can gradually extricate itself from the prison-industrial complex in favor of a different model of justice? It takes time to learn the skills required to make restorative justice work.

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