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Restorative Justice Pilot Program in San Diego Reaches DUI Offenders and Victims

April 26, 2016

Johnathan stopped for a couple of drinks and a burrito on his way home from his night shift job. It was Sunday morning. The remaining drive would become a turning point in his life. Johnathan rear-ended a car, injuring the driver and his wife. Thanks to a pilot program launched by the Diocese of San Diego's Restorative Justice Mediation Program (RJMP) and the city's DUI Probation Unit, Johnathan received the opportunity to meet his victims, take responsibility for his actions, and find peace. KUSI News broadcast an in-depth interview with Johnathan, and Carl and Donna, his victims. Mary Acosta, Program Director for RJMP, and Matilde Casas, the Supervising Probation Officer, also provided an overview of restorative justice and how it works.

Watch the interview >>