The Restorative Justice Project (RJP) was created in 1987 to serve victims and survivors in the aftermath of serious crimes.

Through its victim-offender dialogue program, RJP offers the opportunity for victim survivors and their relatives to meet with and have questions answered by the individual who committed a crime against them.

Victim-Offender Dialogue Program

In the past decade alone, RJP has facilitated over 100 victim-offender dialogues (VOD) and served more than 200 victims and survivors in this process of meeting with their offender. 

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Community Engagement

RJP is also committed to evolving the criminal justice system and serving the community. This includes engaging with the Dane County community and beyond to transform justice, developing alternatives to the traditional legal system, promoting restorative practices, and reducing racial disparity in the criminal justice system.

victim-offender dialogue in progress

Request Services

If you are a victim/survivor of crime and would like more information about the possibility of meeting with the offender, or for more information about any of our restorative justice services, use any of the following resources:

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Information for Law Students

RJP introduces students to restorative practices in the criminal justice system and the community. In addition to prison-based programming, students have opportunities address conflict and harm in neighborhoods and schools.

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To learn more about the Restorative Justice Project, visit the RJP news page or stay up to date by following our Facebook page.

Community Projects

Projects that RJP and its students have been involved in include:

  • Restorative Justice in Reentry Housing
  • Organizational Support Circles
  • Diversity Dialogue
  • Legislation Research

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