One of the greatest challenges in criminal justice reform initiatives is truly engaging communities to be a part of the solution in promoting public safety, because systems often rush to drive results and build a program without properly acknowledging and addressing the harms they have caused to communities.
Although well-intentioned, this solution-driven approach of building a program is likely to skip the process of building relationship and trust. The solution often neglects trust and ignores the historical trauma systems have caused in communities. Without trust, it’s hard for people to learn how to interact and work together. The solution, then, is often one-sided, viewing the community as the problem to be fixed, creating an imbalance of power.
Community Engagement – utilizing values of trust, empowerment and connection.
Shifting the imbalance of power between systems and communities is about forging trust so we can learn how to collaborate and build credibility with one another. Truth and reconciliation is vital in this process because truth-telling brings healing, and healing creates conditions for the courage to reconcile.
Collective Impact – sharing power and creating space for everyone to contribute for public safety.
Academy Program Goals
- Promote accountability and reparations to amend harms, centering victims in the process.
- Promote personal development and self-mastery.
- Foster healing, strengthen families, and build a community of trust.
Our Partnerships & Diversion Pilot Initiatives
King County, Seattle, WA
Pierce County, Tacoma, WA
“Pain that is not transformed is transferred.”
Catholic priest and writer