eUpdate - May 22, 2019
County Partners with RYSE Center to use Restorative Justice Practices to Reduce Youth Crime  
Also, don't miss youth events coming up later this month 
I am proud of our work to support at-risk youth and change the criminal justice system to enhance fairness and reduce racial disparities. 

In the last few years, we eliminated fees charged to families of incarcerated youth, drastically reduced the numbers of young people incarcerated in juvenile hall, increased protections for  victims of domestic and sexual violence, and improved services for those recently released from incarceration to reduce the likelihood of reoffending. 

And now, in an  historic partnershipthe RYSE Youth Center signed an agreement with Impact Justice and our District Attorney's Office to bring restorative justice diversion to Contra Costa County. 

This program will offer young people opportunities to take accountability for any harm they have caused without getting pushed into the juvenile justice system.

When a young person is arrested for a misdemeanor or felony, the District Attorney now has the ability to refer the case to RYSE to facilitate a restorative circle with the consent of the person harmed, the responsible youth, family members, and impacted community members. A plan will be created, and once the young person completes the plan, no charges will be filed.

Research shows that these restorative justice techniques can improve outcomes for at-risk youth when compared to the traditional court process. 

We're excited and ready to build on this partnership with Impact Justice and District Attorney Diana Becton to collectively empower our youth and make our communities stronger and safer. 


The RYSE Youth Center also has big events coming up, open to all, that support youth health and artistic expression. 

WHAT: Youthtopia: In the Face of Gentrification
WHERE: Iron Triangle Theater at the East Bay Center for the Performing Arts, 339 11th Street, Richmond
WHEN: Saturday, May 25, noon to 3PM
MORE INFO: Multimedia Showcase written and performed by Richmond Youth. Go here to buy tickets

WHAT: Rich in Health: Free Community Health Fair for Youth
WHERE: RYSE Youth Center, 205 41st Street, Richmond
WHEN: Friday, May 31, 4PM to 7PM 
MORE INFO: Free health services, signups and screenings aimed at supporting the health of young people. Click here for more info

Flyers below: 

John Gioia
Supervisor, District One 
Contra Costa County 
11780 San Pablo Avenue, Suite D 
El Cerrito, CA  94530 
510-231-8686 Phone