The San Francisco Sheriff’s Department’s Resolve to Stop The Violence Project (RSVP) embodies the principles and ideals of a true Restorative Justice Model. Serving offenders, their victims and the community, this innovative program brings healing to all parties involved in episodes of violence. The primary target populations of RSVP are: 1) violent men currently incarcerated in and recently released from the San Francisco County Jail; and 2) the victims of these men; and 3) members of communiteis effected by violence.
The Offender Restoration component focuses on male-role reeducation, victim impact testimony, and personal accountability. Each year 250 to 300 violent offenders participate in an intensive jail curriculum designed to support men in changing their beliefs about the male-role behavior that causes violence and develops empathy for victims. Inmates participate in group learning up to 12 hours a day, six days a week.
Survivor Restoration provides direct services to the survivors of the violent offenders participating in the offender restoration program and other victims of violence. The program utilizes a survivor empowerment curriculum to help clients restore themselves, their families, and their communities as they make the transition from being victims of violent crimes to becoming survivors and advocates.
Community Restoration activites are designed to repair the harm caused by violence and support offenders in giving back to the community. Offenders continue participation in violence prevention groups, education, job placement programs, and may become mentors to at risk youth. They work with surviviors and community organizations to perform violence prevention education which include theater productions and video link in schools and community centers. RSVP’s message presents itself to the greater community through public information campaigns, billboards and at the annual Strike Out Violence Day, a collaboration with the SF Giants.