The Restorative Justice Institute of Oklahoma (RJIOK) seeks to transform the retributive and inequitable culture of our state. RJIOK offers training in restorative practices designed with and for individuals, families, schools, and organizations to reduce trauma, dehumanization, and recidivism.
About Restorative Practices
Humans are hardwired to connect.
Just as we need food, shelter, and clothing, we also need strong and meaningful connections to thrive. Restorative Practices strengthen bonds between individuals and within communities.
When put into practice the effects are profound.
In schools, students experience greater safety, dignity, and belonging resulting in improved behavior, less bullying, and less violence.
In workplaces, leaders facilitate direct communication among staff and address conflict as it arises resulting in higher performance and greater accountability, and effective collaboration.
In the criminal justice system, restorative practices hold those who caused harm accountable while recognizing that any extreme behavior likely has a reason and an unmet need. Restorative practices center the victim and reduce the likelihood that the person who caused harm will do so again to the victim or anyone else.
In neighborhoods and communities, restorative practices give regular people more voice in the issues that matter most, increase their sense of safety, and build community with their neighbors.