Seeds of Change

Melvin Parson, Emily Griswold and Ellen Baron present on Incarcerated Women and Youth Finding Purpose in Gardening.

Healing Justice

Join The Dispute Resolution Center and the Friends of Restorative Justice (FORJ) for a film viewing, panel discussion, and community conversation about the documentary, “Healing Justice.” It examines the impact of trauma, redefines justice within the criminal and juvenile justice systems, and moves us toward empathy, reconciliation, and healing to bring about social and transformative change

Click here for more information. 

Circles of Support and Accountability Training

The Michigan Department of Corrections will do a training for Washtenaw County volunteers in the restorative justice technique called Circles of Support and Accountability. These circles are set up for people returning from prison who have high need. The training will be Saturday September 22 from 9:15am to 4:00 pm. in the Fahs Chapel of the Unitarian Universalist Church of Ann Arbor.

Criminal Justice in Michigan: Directions for Change

Thursday, September 20, 2018      7:00 – 9:00 pm
Washtenaw County Learning Resource Center
4135 Washtenaw Avenue

Guest Speaker:  Michigan Representative David LaGrand

Prior to his position in the Michigan House, Rep. LaGrand served 8 years as Kent County Assistant Prosecutor.


  • Belinda Dulin, Executive Director Dispute Resolution Center of Washtenaw County
  • Eric Kunath, Corrections Commander, Washtenaw County Sheriff’s Office
  • Mark Fancher, Staff Attorney – Racial Justice Project – American Civil Liberties Union
  • Joshua Hoe, Criminal Justice Advocate and Host of “Decarceration Nation” podcast

The presentation, panel discussion, and question-answer session will address issues such as cash bail, use of restorative justice practices, and the role of prosecutors.


This event has been planned in partnership with the Dispute Resolution Center, whose October 25 fundraiser will feature “Healing Justice,” a film exploring restorative justice practices as a response to trauma.

Yes to Our Mental Health and Public Safety countywide millage campaign

Nov 1, 2017 at 7:00pm – 8:00pm EDT

Fifth Corner/Saline Community Church:,
211 Willis Rd, Saline, MI 48176, USA
All members of the public are invited to join the committee chairs of the Yes to Our Mental Health and Public Safety countywide millage campaign to learn more about the mental health crisis we face in Washtenaw County and how the millage seeks to address these issues.
Friends of Restorative Justice endorses this millage.

Accounting for Violence by Danielle Sered


Accounting for Violence

How to Increase Safety and Break Our Failed Reliance on Mass Incarceration

Presentation by Danielle Sered

Organized by Friends of Restorative Justice of Washtenaw County, Citizens Alliance for Prisons and Public Spending, American Friends Service Committee Michigan Criminal Justice Program, University of Michigan Gerald R. Ford School of Public Policy, and Michigan Council on Crime and Delinquency

Thursday, October 12, 2017, 4–5:30 p.m.

Gerald Ford School of Public Policy

Annenberg Auditorium, Room 1120 Weill Hall

735 South State St., Ann Arbor, MI 48109

Reception to follow

Over 50% of people in state prisons have been convicted of violent crimes, and in recent decades the rate at which people are being incarcerated for violent crimes has been increasing even as actual crime rates have been falling. Clearly any robust solution to the problem of mass incarceration in the United States must include a better way to handle violent offenses.

Danielle Sered will speak about her experience directing Common Justice, a program of the Vera Institute of Justice that develops and advances solutions to violence that transform the lives of those harmed and foster racial equity without relying on incarceration. It is the first alternative-to-incarceration and victim-service program in the United States that focuses on violent felonies in adult courts. The evidence shows that both violence and mass incarceration can be reduced at the same time.

Under Danielle Sered’s leadership Common Justice received the Award for Innovation in Victim Services from Attorney General Holder and the federal Office for Victims of Crime in 2012. Before planning the launch of Common Justice, Danielle served as the deputy director of Vera’s Adolescent Reentry Initiative, a program for young men returning from incarceration on Rikers Island. Prior to joining Vera, she worked at the Center for Court Innovation’s Harlem Community Justice Center, where she led its programs for court-involved and recently incarcerated youth. Danielle teaches about restorative justice at CUNY and was a Rhodes Scholar.


American Civil Liberties Union of Michigan

Church in Society of The Good Shepherd UUC

The Dispute Resolution Center

Episcopal Church of the Incarnation

Groundcover News

Michigan Unitarian Universalist Social Justice Network

Shalom Community Church

St. Mary Catholic Church Chelsea

Social Justice Council of the First Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Ann Arbor

Eastern Michigan University’s Department of Sociology, Anthropology, & Criminology

University of Michigan:

Department of African American Studies

Gerald R. Ford School of Public Policy Student Affairs Committee

Law School

Medical School Office of Health Equity and Inclusion

Residential College

School of Social Work

Gathering for Reflection, Revival and Resistance Viewing. August 21

This coming Monday night, August 21st, at 7:00p.m. we are going to view the Poor Peoples’ Campaign Third “Gathering for Reflection, Revival, and Resistance” at the Washtenaw County Learning Resource Center. It is located at  4185 Washtenaw Ave.  and faces the same parking lot that the county jail faces.)

Each one of these broadcasts,  co-hosted by the Rev. Dr. William Barber and Jonathan Wilson-Hartgrove, are intended to equip people from all walks of life to support  and create safe and equitable communities inclusive of those who suffer from social stigma or poverty.   Each gathering focuses on a different critical moral issue and this gathering will focus on “Immigration and Sanctuary.”

We are in the process of organizing a Washtenaw County connection  to the New  Poor People’s Campaign and those who are interested are encouraged to come and learn about this new movement and how we can participate in it.  Please let us know if you would like to be informed of future gatherings.


New Poor People’s Campaign Meeting. September 5

There is also going to be a New Poor People’s Campaign mass meeting  to call for a National Moral Revival   on Tuesday September 5th at the Atrium Auditorium of Wayne County Community College, 801 W. Fort Street Detroit 48226.  The doors will open and music begin at 6:30p.m. and the program will begin at 7:00p.m.  We have heard that Michigan has been chosen as one of the key states they are going to focus on so this will hopefully enable us to begin to connect with the state leadership and others who are wanting to work on this campaign.

Thank you!!

*The Rev. Joe Summers, Vicar of The Episcopal Church of the Incarnation, Pittsfield Twp.

*Ian Robinson, President, Huron Valley Area Labor Federation

*The Rev. Lori Carey, Pastor Trinity Lutheran Church in Ann Arbor.

*Tad Wysor, Member of First Congregational UCC Church in Ypsilanti &  Co-founder of WEROC