NEIGHBORHOOD JUSTICE PROGRAM
Developed by LA City Attorney Mike Feuer, the Neighborhood Justice Program (NJP) is a neighborhood-focused restorative justice initiative addressing root causes of criminal behavior, reducing recidivism, enhancing community relationships and promoting public safety and quality of life. NJP is a pre–filing diversion program in which first-time offenders and other eligible individuals are given an opportunity to repair the harm they caused through a community-based process, instead of in a courtroom. It allows the individual to take responsibility while avoiding having a criminal record. The goal is that they have no future contact with law enforcement.
NJP invites community members to play active roles as volunteer panelists. They directly engage with the individual to discuss the crime, the reasons it was committed and the harm it caused. Working together with the individual, they discuss what obligations (consequences) are appropriate given the crime and the harm caused. Such obligations can include community service, a letter of apology, restitution and classes aimed at ensuring that the individual never has contact with the law again. If the participant completes these obligations, no criminal case will be filed. If the participant fails to complete the obligations, the case is referred back to the City Attorney for prosecution. Apply to become a volunteer panelist!
Since its inception, NJP has received over 5,000 referrals of individuals eligible to participate. The recidivism rate for individuals that have successfully completed NJP is 5%. In addition, 22,000 hours of community service have been completed by NJP participants.
NJP has 12 panels throughout LA:
Boyle Heights: Boyle Heights Tech Center
Canoga Park: Family Source Center (FSC) Canoga
Central LA: Coalition for Responsible Community Development (CRCD)
Hollywood: Youth Policy Institute (YPI)
North Hollywood: New Directions for Youth (NDY)
Pacoima: El Nido Family Source Center (FSC)
Rampart Village: Youth Policy Institute (YPI)
San Pedro: Toberman Neighborhood Center
South LA: Mark Ridley-Thomas Constituent Service Center
South Valley: Family Source Center (FSC)
Van Nuys: Marvin Braude Constituent Service Center
Venice/West Los Angeles: West Los Angeles Municipal Building
To find out more about NJP or learn if you're eligible for this restorative justice program, contact Saminh Greenberg at