RJ in Prison: Modified Restorative Circles

Pilot Programming for Imprisoned People
Modified Restorative Circles

Since developing the Reentry Circle program, Hawai‘i Friends has applied a similar process for incarcerated people whose families and loved ones are not interested or are unable to participate. Instead a group of incarcerated friends participates as supporters. The Modified Restorative Circles model is a promising intervention for assisting incarcerated people develop reentry plans that address ways she or he may reconcile without victim participation.

A paper was published in December 2009 describing this process, Modified Restorative Circles: A Reintegration Group Planning Process that Promotes Desistance, Walker, with the Contemporary Justice Review journal, and is available at: http://www.lorennwalker.com/articles.htm