Community Conferencing Program Recidivism and Cost-Benefit Analysis Project
The mission of Restorative Justice Community Action (RJCA) is to improve community livability through restorative justice practices. RJCA coordinates small group meetings called community conferences that bring together people impacted by livability crimes in Minneapolis with those who committed the crimes. Through a partnership with Hennepin County’s Research, Planning & Development Department and the Higher Education Consortium of Urban Affairs (HECUA), RJCA recently completed a detailed recidivism study that compared program participants who went through the community conferencing program with those who went through the traditional criminal justice system. MiaLisa McFarland, a graduate student, gathered recidivism data and performed a cost benefit analysis of RJCA’s program. The results are being used to show the financial worth of the organization.