Community & Restorative Justice
The present justice system tends to focus on punishment and incarceration, but the high rates of recidivism show that these systems are not working. The Alliance will explore how we can use modern community justice concepts to reduce crime and build stronger, healthier communities, including some or all of the following elements:
- Community-based & restorative justice systems
- Community policing and community problem-solving
- Restorative justice & ‘closure’
- Community & treatment courts
- Improved prisons & prison conditions, providing education & rehabilitation
- Comprehensive, community-based re-entry programs.
Interns will be involved in some or all of the following activities:
- Research justice systems here and in other communities, including effectiveness, cost, and legal issues;
- Meet with government and community leaders to explore options;
- Create and distribute educational materials; and
- Make presentations at public meetings and at schools, colleges, and community groups.
Requirements: An interest in justice, community revitalization & effective community governance, building collaborative partnerships, and protecting civil liberties; strong interpersonal, writing, and problem-solving skills.
These unpaid internships are eligible for academic credit, subject to the requirements of your college or university. Internships generally require 10–12 hours per week plus some form of written or oral report, but be sure to check the internship requirements at your college or university.