For more than 40 years, CJI has successfully applied proven restorative justice principles to tough community problems.
A significant modern restorative justice movement was born in 1974 when young probation officers Mark Yantzi and Dave Worth suggested that two teens apologize and make restitution for vandalizing the property of 22 people in Elmira, Ontario instead of going to jail. Judge Gordon McConnell agreed, setting a new legal precedent in Canada.
What began in 1974 under the umbrella of Mennonite Central Committee and was incorporated as a small charity in 1982, has now developed into an agency with 20+ staff and more than 200 volunteers, all applying restorative justice in 17+ different program areas.
The Elmira Story, commonly known as the Elmira Case by those around the world, has also sparked restorative justice movements across Canada and internationally.
Below are more of CJI’s innovative approaches to conflict and crime.