"RSVP is the safest and most conflict-free dormitory in our jail."
- Sheriff Hennessey
Resolve to Stop the Violence Project, (RSVP)
RSVP is an in-custody and post release violence prevention program based on the principles of Restorative Justice.
Violent offenders are required to participate in a 16-hour-a-day program staffed by deputy sheriffs, community violence counselors and staff from organizations representing victims and survivors of violent crimes.
As a Restorative Justice program, RSVP works directly with the victims of crimes committed by RSVP offenders. The goal of the programs is to empower victims of violence through the criminal justice process, and to support their transition from being victims to becoming survivors and advocates.
Initially, case managers assist these victims in stabilizing their living situation including housing, employment, child care, and immediate financial needs. Additionally, RSVP can provide referrals for legal services, access to financial reimbursement through the Victims of Crime Compensation Fund, job training and placement, as well as referrals to support groups and other counseling services. Eventually, these victims/survivors have the opportunity to become advocates for nonviolence in their communities.
RSVP has opportunities for those interested to participate in violence prevention programs, political activism, mentorship programs, and theater projects, each of which continue the process of healing and empowerment while educating the community about the impact of violence.
Five Keys Board Meeting Agenda
April 9, 2013
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