On Aug. 31, a new “Restorative Justice Community Court” opened in North Lawndale serving non-violent offenders. It is part of a community-led effort to keep 18-26 year olds from the neighborhood with non-violent criminal histories out of jail and “restored” back to community.
Join City Bureau’s summer fellows, who've been reporting on the topic for 10 weeks, for a discussion of what role community can play in alternatives to the traditional criminal justice system. We’ll be talking restorative justice, peace circles, definitions of “community” and the opening of the Restorative Justice Community Court.
Check out some of the reporting they've done so far this summer in the Austin Weekly News: http://mobile.austinweeklynews.com/News/Articles/7-26-2017/Restorative-justice-court-opens-in-North-Lawndale/?utm_source=RSS&utm_medium=RSS&utm_campaign=RSS.
This event is part of City Bureau's #publicnewsroom programming, a series of free, weekly workshops and discussions aimed at building trust between journalists and the communities they serve while shaping a more inclusive newsroom. Refreshments will be served!