Source: (2009) Restorative Practices E-Forum. 20 March.
In 2004 the Brazilian Ministry of Justice received a small UNDP (United Nations Development Programme) grant to launch the countryâ€™s first official restorative justice (RJ) pilot projects. Recognizing the unique social context of urban violence in Brazil, the projects brought together school administrators, judges, court workers, prison authorities, social service agencies and local community leaders to create a broad restorative response to the most challenging breakdowns in community safety. While justly known for their creative celebration of life, Brazilians also live with glaring wealth imbalances and the normalization of violence: Murder is the principle cause of death for people under 25. (excerpt)