Restorative Justice is an indigenous practice with a village concept that is designed to help build trust, communicate with transparency, and show up authentically, as well as to resolve conflicts, hold space for grief, and serve as an alternative to punitive discipline. The goal of the circle is to address harm/trauma from a holistic approach and allow for the participants to heal in an authentic way. The challenge is to be able to sit in discomfort and face conflict head on, which may at times be hard, but is very necessary in order to build empathetic understanding.

Restorative Justice Liaison: 

Reuben J. Roberts


After graduating from college with a Bachelor’s Degree in Sociology, Reuben began his career in New York and New Jersey, where his work consisted of building relationships with system-engaged youth in group homes and Juvenile Detention Centers. In 2012, he moved to the Bay Area, where he began his career at OUSD as a Restorative Justice Coordinator for the next 6 years. After gaining a ton of experience working in schools, Reuben took it a step further by becoming the Restorative Justice Program Director at Youth Radio, where he designed a class that trained youth exposed to gang violence, other forms of trauma, and the juvenile justice system to become restorative justice facilitators who hosted circles for the entire organization. He is now the Restorative Justice in Schools Coordinator at RJOY, Restorative Justice for Oakland Youth. He provides monthly webinars, training, and statewide convening sessions for RJ practitioners, educators, and community organizers all across the state of California. His goal is not only to create safe spaces for young people to address their trauma, but also create healing spaces for educators, community organizations, RJ practitioners, and the families they serve.

Restorative Justice Process

  1. The concerned individual submits an online Grievance Form (below)

  2. Restorative Justice Liaison Reuben J. Roberts responds within 36 hours

  3. Reuben and the concerned individual have a conversation - Reuben takes notes

  4. Reuben reaches out to the two board members who serve as GCRep’s Community Liaisons - Robert Paige and Vanessa Ramos - to share the situation

  5. All three discuss the next best steps

  6. Reuben brings the concern to the community member who caused the harm

  7. Reuben requests that both parties participate in a restorative harm reduction, which may be either a mediation or a group circle depending on the number of individuals involved

  8. If this is accepted by both parties, Reuben schedules and holds the restorative harm reduction

  9. If this is not accepted by both parties, Reuben goes to the full board, with the support of the Community Liaisons, to determine the next action

Submit a Grievance
Who Has the Concern?
How Would You Like Our Initial Follow-Up To Occur?

Thank you for your submission. Restorative Justice Liaison Reuben J. Roberts will contact you within 36 hours.