Cultural Justice Models: what does a community-based model of justice look like?

One commitment in the Stop the Injunctions campaign right now is to highlight the creative ways that communities are capable of addressing violence and creating real, inclusive safety every day.

Here is one analysis of the European-based legal system and why it does not serve our communities in creating inclusive or lasting safety.  This chart provides some ways to think about who gets to be engaged in a community-based solutions model and what the values are behind different justice models.

VIEW CHART HERE: Cultural Justice Model Chart-1

This chart comes from “Gullah Restorative Justice” by Morris Jenkins.

Abstract: “Restorative justice has been suggested as a means to deal with disproportionate minority confinement and other social problems within communities of color, specifically the Black community. However, scholars and practitioners have pointed out cultural concerns that must be addressed in the restorative justice process. Afrocentric theory and its principles have been suggested as a way to deal with the cultural concerns within the restorative justice process. This article examines the contemporary and historical means of informal dispute resolution in the Gullah Islands of South Carolina. These strategies of dispute or conflict resolution were used to deal with crime, delinquency, civil matters, community grievances, and other social wrongs outside the traditional common and civil legal systems. Through on-site in-depth interviews, focus groups, and an analysis of archival documents, the research determined that the strategies used on the Gullah Islands fell within the Afrocentric restorative justice model.”

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