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Healing Justice Initiative

Healing Justice Initiative

The San Francisco District Attorney’s Office (SFDA) seeks to fundamentally change how the criminal legal system responds to harm and ensure that individuals and communities have the tools they need to heal when harm is done. Through the SF Healing Justice Initiative, the SFDA will demonstrate that restorative practices can replace the traditional criminal legal system at every decision point – from charging a case to sentencing and resentencing. Restorative Justice (RJ) will be integrated throughout the operations of the SFDA’s office, shifting from an “alternative program” to a primary intervention. This is why the SFDA launched the SF Healing Justice Initiative (HJI), a partnership with local community leaders working to build a new model for justice that values healing and accountability over retribution and punishment. 

California Resentencing Pilot Program

The 2021-2022 California State Budget appropriated $250,000 in General Funds to California counties to engage in Prosecutor-Initiated Resentencing. The funds are to be used exclusively for the three-year Pilot Program that began on September 1, 2021 and ends on September 1, 2024. Pilot participants in San Francisco include the San Francisco District Attorney’s office (SFDA), the Public Defender’s office (PDO), and may include a community-based organization (CBO). The focus of the Pilot is two-fold: 1) ensure that the District Attorney in each county has the resources needed to exercise their discretion for resentencing individuals in state prison under Penal Code 1170.03; and 2) evaluate a collaborative approach to exercising prosecutorial resentencing discretion.

HJI and Resentencing Pilot RFP Overarching Goals

  • Integrate restorative practices and decision making throughout the SFDA
  • Expand access to restorative justice practices to responsible persons, harmed persons, impacted family and community members
  • Ensure that individuals and communities have the tools they need to heal from interpersonal and systemic harm
  • Begin to repair the harm that the criminal-legal system has caused to communities of color
  • Fulfill the reentry goals of the California Resentencing Pilot Program
  • Build upon the successes of the Make It Right (MIR) Program

Request For Proposals

The San Francisco District Attorney’s Office has issued a Request for Proposals (RFP) to identify  qualified 501(c)(3) organizations to lead the following key components of the Healing Justice Initiative and the California Resentencing Pilot: A) Restorative Community Conferencing (RCC)*, B) Life Coaching, C) Anchor Organization focused on building RJ Capacity in the Community, and D) Resentencing Pilot: Reentry Support.

*Organizations that offer restorative accountability processes aimed at repairing harm, such as harm circles, peacekeeping circles or accountability dialogues, but do not call their processes RCCs are also welcomed to apply.

Applicants are invited to submit proposals as an individual organization or as a collaborative partnership.

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Timeline and Important Dates

  • RFP Issued: March 10, 2022
  • Bidder’s Conference: March 16, 2022
  • Question Submission Period Ends: March 18, 2022
  • Answers to Questions Posted on the SFDA Website: March 21, 2022
  • Proposals Due: April 11, 2022
  • Anticipated Award Announcements: May 2, 2022

NOTE: The City and County of San Francisco (City) utilizes competitive bidding procedures to select service vendors. All individuals or entities interested in working with the San Francisco District Attorney’s Office must be qualified to do business with the City before funds can be awarded. Click below for more information.

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