If you throw a pebble into the shallow end of the pond,
you create a temporary splash.
If you throw a pebble into the deeper end of the pond,
you create ripples that will reach distant shores.
University of Maryland School of Law
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Baltimore, MD 21201
Community justice is a model of violence and crime reduction that supports a community’s involvement in trying to repair the harm rendered by a criminal offense. Community partners work to knit together an array of support services and dispute resolution strategies to address criminal activity, providing an effective alternative to the traditional criminal justice system.
Under the auspices of its nationally recognized Clinical Law Program and supported by a grant from The Charles Crane Family Foundation, Inc., the University of Maryland School of Law has developed and implemented a Community Justice Initiative in an effort to reduce violence in Baltimore City. These practices are beginning to transform Baltimore City into a collection of communities that can provide meaningful and effective alternatives to revolving incarceration.
Arising from the Community Justice Initiative's efforts, the School of Law will host a national symposium dedicated to community justice initiatives, bringing together academics, judges and lawyers, public health officials and representatives of non-profit, community, and faith-based organizations to share and discuss innovative and effective approaches to advancing community justice.