how we understand translational justice

Translational justice is the practice of listening to and learning from those most impacted by the current criminal justice system in order to advocate for more humane policies and practices.

Translational justice =
Direct service + policy change

How it looks at community works

In response to the trauma, shame and grief present in families impacted by incarceration, we’ve implemented a for-credit course into the S.F.U. School District curriculum that gives voice and healing to children of incarcerated parents.

In response to the enormous recidivism rate in S.F. County Jail, we implemented RSVP, the first restorative justice based program in the U.S. for men who have violence documented in their criminal histories.

To decrease Racial/Ethnic Disparities (RED) in the criminal justice system we implemented a restorative justice youth diversion program in Alameda and S.F. Counties that supports youth in repairing harm and works to foster community healing for everyone involved.

In response to the harmful impact of parental incarceration on children and families, we worked with our allies and the S.F. Sheriff’s Department to institute the most comprehensive family services and contact visiting in the country.

To mitigate the trauma on children whose parents are being moved from local jails to state prisons, we worked to implement three “goodbye visits” to ease the transition for the child and set the stage for maintaining family ties from a distance.

In response to the challenges young people face in visiting their parent/s in jail, we pushed the S.F. Sheriff’s Department to lower the minimum age an unaccompanied child can visit their parent/s from 18 to 16.

In response to children not knowing where their parents were being held in the event of relocation between multiple facilities, we worked with the S.F. Sheriff’s Department to create an online tool that supports young people in locating and communicating with their parent/s.

In response to the widespread occurrence of children being present at the time of their parent’s arrest, we partnered with the S.F. Police Department to implement arrest policies known to reduce family trauma.

In response to the isolation and the stigma faced by young people who experience parental incarceration, we created a direct service and advocacy program that serves the children of incarcerated parents.

In response to the enormous stress on families undergoing reentry, we created Family Transition Circles in SF Jail, allowing family members to meet before the parent is released in order to begin working to repair relationships and connection.

In response to the isolation and lack of support children of incarcerated parents experience at school, we trained staff within the San Francisco Unified School District on how to address parental incarceration.