In San Diego the Restorative Justice Mediation Program (RJMP) offers crime victims and offenders an effective alternative to the traditional criminal justice system. Through its victim-offender dialogue program, offenders have a chance to take responsibility and make amends. Victims have a voice, an opportunity to ask questions and to describe the impact of the offense on their lives. This process begins the healing for the victim, the offender, and the community.
RJMP offers intensive training for volunteers who become facilitators in this program. This week Deacon Jim Walsh, Restorative Justice Director for the Diocese of San Diego, welcomed his restorative justice colleagues, Debbie McDermott from the California Catholic Conference and Fred LaPuzza from the Diocese of Orange County to a visit during the current training.