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Restorative Justice and the Transformation of Jails: An Urban Sherriff’s Case Study in Reducing Violence

Schwartz, Sunny
June 4, 2015

Source: (2003) Police Practice and Research: An International Journal. 4(4): 399-410.

Traditionally, the mandate of urban sheriffs has included a variety of responsibilities with resources focused in particular on jail management and limited law enforcement and correctional functions. In recent years management staff and community partners of the San Francisco Sheriff’s Department have sought to implement an integrated response to violence and overall reform of the intervention protocol of the county jail informed by restorative justice principles. This paper describes the implementation and early impact evaluation results of the Resolve to Stop the Violence Program (RSVP) as a restorative justice response to victims, offenders, and communities seeking to break the cycle of violence. Implications for community impact, citizen and community involvement, and organizational reform based on restorative justice values in urban jails are considered. (author’s abstract).


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