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 (RJ City) by developing new policies, education, and training rooted in restorative justice philosophies and systems.
DJDS is leading a multi-disciplinary team to support these efforts. We are 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.