The Bureau of Justice Assistance (BJA) seeks to fund an accredited university of higher education or an accredited law school for the purposes of establishing a National Center on Restorative Justice with the purpose of educating and training the next generation of justice leaders.
Center on Restorative Justice (Center) has two purposes:
(1) Educate and train the next generation of juvenile and criminal justice leaders.
The Center shall engage and challenge undergraduate, graduate, and law students to broaden their understanding of criminal justice systems and restorative approaches.
This training will be developed in conjunction with criminal justice professionals, community members, educators, and social service providers, at the state, regional, and national levels.
Approaches will include development of a degree program, a summer-term institute, and/or brief courses, while encouraging access to educational opportunities for incarcerated individuals.
(2) Support research focusing on how best to provide direct services to address social inequities such as simultaneous access to substance abuse treatment and higher education.
This research support may include a combination of approaches, including conducting research, developing research agendas and approaches, and translating research in the area of restorative justice.