DJDS | DJDS Restorative Justice City
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Developing new typologies for social change

Location: Oakland, CA

Team: Francis Goyes, Deanna Van Buren, Tessa Finlev, The Institute of the Future

Status: In progress 2014 to present


In response to the crisis caused by the prison industrial complex, communities like Oakland are working towards the creation of a Restorative Justice City by developing new policies, education and training rooted in these philosophies and systems.


We are leading a multi-disciplinary team to support these efforts by looking at how we create the restorative infrastructure required to implement these policies, services and processes as part of a holistic approach to envisioning a criminal justice system based on reparation rather than retribution. The RJ City project evaluates the needs of a restorative system and applies this shift to the design of its spaces and how it is deployed at the scale of the city.