Following the deaths of George Floyd and Walter Wallace, Philadelphia saw both widespread protest and significant civil unrest. The Restorative Response Program was established to create an alternative path to resolve approximately 700 of the arrests which occurred during this period. This program draws on the tenets of Restorative Justice and emphasizes community re-engagement over criminal punishment.
Most people arrested in connection to the civil unrest which took place between 5/31-6/12 and 10/27-11/1 are eligible if they are accused of non-violent offenses. Eligible Defender Association clients will be contacted by mail and by phone.
If you believe you or a loved one is eligible, but have not heard from an attorney please email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 267-765-5045 and leave a message with:
An attorney will contact you promptly.
All Participants MUST COMPLETE a 2-hour educational session (either virtual OR in-person) before moving forward in the program. Sign up for any one of the sessions below.
If you have already completed the 2-hour educational session with Rev Donna Jones, Tara, and Kavita, skip this and please go down to the next step (Community Re-engagement Opportunities)
Restorative Response Program Virtual Education Sessions:
Once you have completed the 2-hour education session listed in Step 1, please choose a community re-engagement opportunity to complete 8-hours of programs.
Click on the category name to see a list of organizations and opportunities. You can also download a printable directory of organizations and re-engagement opportunities here.
As you complete your community re-engagement activities, track your hours using this timesheet.