Restorative Justice

Dane County TimeBank and Restorative Justice 

The Dane County TimeBank has been practicing restorative justice work in Dane County and within the schools. This work has included responsive restorative conversations that offer an anti-racist framework and restorative justice circles.  

What is Restorative Justice? 

Restorative Justice is a theory and practice of community-based approach to doing community building, responding when harm is caused or healing damaged relationships. This work is based on 360-degree accountability, mutual concern, dignity and respect.  

Grounded in the view that all members of a community are worthy and interdependent, the practice promotes community building, self-awareness, and empathy to create justice, equity and freedom. Through the creation of collective agreements people work to resolve conflict and respond to deep patterns of harm which are often grounded in historical, structural and physical racism and violence. 

Transformative Action Network 

By learning to relate effectively with racism and interrupt patterns of white supremacist culture, TAN members become allies and co-conspirators to Black and Brown community members. Using restorative justice work, TAN is helping Timebank build resilience instead of fragility, action instead of silence and solidarity instead of hierarchy. Abolitionist restorative practices become powerful tools that enhance mutuality and respect across gender, race and class lines. They lead to the kind of collaboration that can move Madison beyond anemic liberalism to real progressive alternatives. Anti-racist restorative practice among Timebankers is leading to racial justice.  

As James Baldwin wrote, “Any citizen of this country who figures himself as responsible – and particularly those of you who deal with the minds and hearts of young people – must be prepared to “go for broke.” As a network, we are striving to give racial justice everything we have. 

Finding Our True North for Racial Justice: Redefining Power

  • Posted on: 17 April 2020
  • By: Damita Brown

Dr. Damita Brown

How does a racial justice lens redefine power within a white led and predominantly white organization?

Instrumentalist justice looks like exploiting black participation as opposed to sharing power. In that situation tactics of dominance continue to run the organization. From divide and conquer to hiring black gatekeepers – some one has to handle the “natives”.

What really has not happened in Madison is an understanding that racism is disgusting.

Choosing Liberation

  • Posted on: 26 March 2020
  • By: Damita Brown

March 26, 2020

If you understand your personal, institutional or social power and privilege to be tied to white supremacist culture (WSC) and racism or internalized racism, you might not want see that culture end. But if you (re)define yourself within a racial/black liberation strategy, and unpack white dominated identity structures, you can align yourself with racial justice. Re-definition allows realigning values with ones actions.


Restorative Justice Hotline

  • Posted on: 20 March 2020
  • By: Kayasia Blake

Beginning on March 25th the TimeBank Restorative Justice (RJ) team is offering a hotline phone service for community members to utilize if they are experiencing a difficult situation. Our RJ team can help facilitate restorative conversations and help connect people with community resources. If you are having difficulties with friends, family members, neighbors or anyone else, we can help talk you through the situation to reach an understanding. With a focus on healing and understanding we hope this service can be used as an alternative to police interaction. PLEASE NOTE: If you have an emergency please call 911. We are not emergency responders.

The hours for Hotline services will be between 4pm and 8pm Monday through Sunday. These hour may expand as more volunteers are trained. You can reach us by calling 1 866 758. 7887 .RJ practitioners Alexis and Kayasia will be available during these times to assist youth in having restorative conversations, completing follow up from previous interactions, and helping youth to meet their basic needs. There will also be a staff of volunteers working to meet the same needs for the rest of the community.

Restorative Justice Update

  • Posted on: 19 March 2020
  • By: Alexis Gardner

An update on efforts the Restorative Justice project is taking during the current health crisis. Inviting community members to contact us for help with domestic violence or trouble with friends, family or co-workers without calling the police. For those wanting to get involved with the Restorative Justice Project and/or the Transformative Action Network, she shares information about upcoming opportunities.

DJ's Story

  • Posted on: 18 March 2020
  • By: Dane County TimeBank

Listen to DJ's story of how participating in our Restorative Justice project has impacted his life.