On October 8, 2015, at the request of the WorldBoston International Visitor Leadership Program, CRJ hosted a delegation from South Africa.

The delegation works with Youth Violence Prevention Project which is focused on examining alternative and restorative models of justice for juvenile and young adult offenders.

Delegation members toured CRJ’s Brooke House, a pre-release program for male offenders, and learned about CRJ’s reentry initiatives.

The delegation members included:

Ms. Lisa Marie Marqua
Co-Trustee and Founder
RESTORE: Justice, Healing, Hope

Ms. Venessa Claudette Thigesharee Padayachee
National Manager
Advocacy & Lobbying, national Institute for Crime Prevention and the Reintegration of Offenders (NICRO)

Mr. Grant Charles Stewart
Consultant Trainer and Developer
Violence Prevention and Intervention

The Youth Violence Prevention Project is sponsored by the United States Department of State and has the following objectives:

  • Examine alternative, transformative, and restorative models of justice, for juvenile and young adult offenders.
  • Compare best practices in restorative and rehabilitative models of correctional systems for juvenile/young adult offenders.
  • Analyze models for gang reconciliation work among both prison and street gangs.
  • Survey best practices in aftercare and re-entry for juvenile and young adult offenders.