Community Restorative Justice

Community Restorative Justice (CRJ) participates in Restorative Justice (RJ) Roundtables at San Quentin State Prison. Students attend the RJ Roundtables on a bi-weekly basis. The RJ Roundtables at San Quentin are a restorative justice program led and facilitated by the men inside to deepen their understanding of restorative justice principles. Community members are an important part of this process, to bear witness and also learn more about the impact and potential of restorative justice. Students will be attending and participating in these dialogues. Through participation in this project, students will have the opportunity to explore alternatives to the retributive justice model that our criminal justice system is currently based on.

The Boalt Restorative Justice Committee is also exploring opportunities for students who are interested in doing restorative justice policy research, or learning more about restorative justice in school settings at a local high school.

Please note that in order to accept an offer to join BRJC, you will need to submit personal information for San Quentin security clearance. Details will be included in your offer email.

All deadlines for the acceptance/application process are hard deadlines, so please be diligent about checking your email and responding to our correspondence. Additionally, please only apply to this project if you are prepared to commit for the entire 2016-2017 academic year and can attend the San Quentin trips every other week. It is important for the project’s continued success, as well as out of respect for the men in San Quentin, that all of our members are reliable and consistent.

Time Commitment:

Initial trainings: Four hours total between mid-September to mid-October.

Debrief Sessions: Two discussions with BRJC leaders and Professor Mary Louise Frampton, with each lasting approximately one hour.

Restorative Justice Roundtables at San Quentin: Attendance every other Wednesday or Thursday evening is required. (Students must commit to either Wednesdays or Thursdays.)  Including travel time, each trip to San Quentin is approximately four hours. Carpools leave campus at 5:00 p.m. and return by 9:00 p.m. at the latest.

Students must commit to participating for the entire 2016-2017 academic year.

For more information, please contact the student leaders at

How To Apply