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OUR Mission

The Restorative Justice Institute of Oklahoma (RJIOK) seeks to transform the retributive and inequitable culture of our state. RJIOK offers training in cultural competence and restorative practices designed with and for individuals, families, schools, and organizations to reduce trauma, dehumanization, and recidivism.

 

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In June 2018, Oklahoma became the incarceration capital of the world.  Oklahomans are proud, resilient, hopeful, resourceful and kind.  We are not more criminal than the rest of the world. The combination of punitive, inequitable, and dehumanizing practices in our homes, schools, and justice system has lead us collectively to our present reality. 

 

The transformation of our culture requires that we shift from authoritarian to authoritative with clear limits, accountability, and engagement. We must work with those human beings who have harmed or disrespected us or the rules toward an accountable solution that does not dehumanize.

 

Restorative practices promote accountability and humanization.  These methods bring people together instead of keeping them apart. Restorative Justice gives voice to the story of harm that includes the actions, motivations, and impact of those involved.  It is not about “getting even, but getting well.”[1] “It is a justice that seeks to transform broken lives, relationships, and communities, rather than shatter them further.”[2]

 

[1] Pranis, K. (2006). In Gerry Johnstone and Daniel W. Van Ness, eds., Handbook of Restorative Justice (Cullompton ; Portland, Or: Willan, 2007).

[2] Fania Davis, The Little Book of Race and Restorative Justice: Black Lives, Healing, and US Social Transformation, Little books of justice and peacebuilding (New York NY: Good Books, 2019).

RESEARCH

27,000 Oklahomans are in State Prisons

13,000 in local jails

2,700 in Federal Prisons

550 in Youth Detention

170 in Involuntary Commitment

—  Name, Title

"My freedom is inextricably bound with yours"

-Martin Luther King Jr.

RJIOK acknowledges that the land on which we gather is the home of the Cherokee, Muscogee, and Osage Nations, as well as the Caddo, Wichita, Quapaw, Kiowa, Comanche, Plains-Apache,  Pawnee, and other tribes who called this land their home before forced removal.

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