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The Restorative Justice Clearinghouse (RJClearinghouse) is a project of the Council for Restorative Justice, School of Social Work, GSU and the Consortium on Negotiation and Conflict Resolution, College of Law, GSU. Initial funding for the RJClearinghouse was provided through a portion of a grant from the Bureau of Justice Affairs, U.S. Department of Justice.

In the fall of 2008, a core working group began to gather information and build collaborative relationships with key organizations and individuals working in restorative justice in the southeastern United States. This research led to the design and implementation of the RJClearinghouse as it exists today.

The RJC includes:

The express intent of this repository is to enhance and strengthen the RJ field by:

While the clearinghouse contains links from around the world to the most relevant resources on the origination, growth and development of RJ, the most in-depth information is available for the following states: Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, and Virginia.

The Southeastern US is of particular interest to the faculty and staff of GSU's Schools of Social Work and Law and those maintaining the Clearinghouse for several reasons:

  1. Georgia State University is located in the Southeastern United States and seeks to expand and improve the knowledge and use of RJ philosophy in this region;
  2. In the southeastern states, particularly the former slave-holding states, there has been historically and is even today a heavy reliance on incarceration, exclusion and punishment as the primary approach to criminal justice; and
  3. The heavy reliance on incarceration has significant physical, fiscal, and social impacts that make development of RJ approaches, as well as community development, in portions of several of these states substantially more challenging.

It is the hope of the creators of this Clearinghouse that visitors will access resources, learn of programs that were previously unfamiliar and participate in the RJ network all as part of the shared desire to strengthen the field in the Southeastern US and beyond.

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Disclaimer: The contents of this website are not intended to be nor should they be construed as legal advice. Although the Restorative Justice Clearinghouse (RJC) strives to provide accurate and timely information, there can be no guarantee that such information is accurate as of the date it is received or that it will continue to be accurate in the future. Further, RJC is not responsible for any errors or omissions, or for the results obtained from the use of this information.