Learn how to approach the criminal justice system using restorative justice. Find ways to bring together offenders, victims and community members to repair harm and develop right relationships.
Because our program focuses on criminal justice systems through a restorative justice lens, you’ll be on the cutting edge of new theories and systems, implementing restorative practices in schools, the workplace and at a societal level. You’ll have the opportunity to work inside our local jail directly with offenders through the Inside-Out Exchange Program, putting a human face on the current criminal justice system.
As a graduate, you’ll have an understanding of criminal justice history and practices, with a focus on social theories of crime, criminalization and society. Restorative and transformative approaches to justice are an integral part of the program, as well as a focus on marginalized groups and the effect of criminal justice systems that neglect or downplay societal factors.
Prashansa graduated in 2016 with a degree in psychology. Originally from Allahbad, India, she was given a full scholarship to Maastricht University in the Netherlands to pursue a master's degree in forensic psychology.
Allen Bohnert ('98) is an Assistant Federal Public Defender for the Southern District of Ohio. His work is featured in the recent documentary The Penalty, available on Amazon Video. He looks forward to being left unemployed.
Jes Stoltzfus Buller ’08 knows firsthand how messy the process of peacemaking can be. Shortly after graduating from Goshen College, Buller moved to Colombia as a part of Mennonite Central Committee's Seed program.