South Carolina Restorative Justice Initiative

Better pathways to justice

About Us

The South Carolina Restorative Justice Initiative (“SCRJI”) was founded to respond to the growing need for alternative pathways to justice in South Carolina. Our primary mission is to educate and promote dialogue about the concepts of restorative and transformative justice and to facilitate the development of restorative justice practices in our community. 

News

SCRJI Director to Speak on Restorative Justice at TEDxTufts 2021

SCRJI Director to Speak on Restorative Justice at TEDxTufts 2021

SCRJI’s executive director Aparna Polavarapu has been chosen by TEDxTufts to be part of the exciting lineup of speakers presenting at this year’s event. The three-day conference is an independently organized TED event put on each year by students at Tufts University, and will take place virtually on April 9-11, 2021. Aparna will be talking about conceptions of restorative justice in a talk entitled “Leaving Punishment Behind: Embracing New Ideas of Justice.” The Modjeska Monteith Simkins House in Columbia, SC serves as the backdrop for this talk. We would like to thank Historic Columbia for making filming possible and for upholding the legacy and mission of Modejska Monteith Simkins through their educational and preservational work.

SCRJI Director Pens Op-Ed on Restorative Justice, Accountability, and Race

SCRJI Director Pens Op-Ed on Restorative Justice, Accountability, and Race

SCRJI executive director Aparna Polavarapu weighed in on Amy Cooper, accountability, and restorative justice in an op-ed published last month by NBCNews.com. Seeking to reaffirm the goals of restorative justice in light of stories like Amy Cooper’s, the piece prompts us to move away from questions of punishment, and instead consider whether the process provided for accountability.

Partners and Sponsors

Thank you to the following institutional supporters

Sisters of Charity Foundation Logo
South Carolina Coalition Against Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault
South Carolina Bar Foundation Logo
Women's Rights & Empowerment Network logo
The NORD Family Foundation Logo

Thank you also to our individual donors! You make this work possible.

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