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Transformative Justice Initiative


The mission of the Transformative Justice Initiative is to facilitate a paradigm shift within the Oregon criminal justice system from punishment to accountability and from current criminal justice practice to transformative, healing, and community-based alternatives.  We believe Oregon has the potential to serve as a national model for the transformation of criminal justice philosophy and practice, and we work to facilitate this shift in the following ways:

  • Supporting the intellectual, artistic, and political expression of people directly impacted by crime and the criminal justice system
  • Developing transformative programs and policies within Oregon prisons, as alternatives to incarceration, and during reentry
  • Promoting the prevention of institutional and individual violence through engaged peace-building practices on the Willamette University campus and throughout the State.  
  • Recognizing the myriad ways racial, gender, and economic oppression contributes to our current criminal justice practices.
Willamette University

Department of Politics, Policy, Law and Ethics

Smullin Hall 3rd floor
Willamette University
900 State Street
Salem Oregon 97301 U.S.A.
503-370-6293 voice
503-370-6720 fax