Restorative Justice

Transforming individuals, victims, and communities divided by the criminal justice system


Art is the thread that connects all Restorative Justice projects and programs, uniting neighbors who have been affected by crime or violence through shared creative expression. The program facilitates the forging and growth of strong, positive bonds between incarcerated and formerly incarcerated individuals, young adults on probation, and their respective communities. We place a strong emphasis on work readiness with our Guild program and give creative voice to people who have consistently felt disconnected from society.

Current inmates, probationers, and parolees are given the opportunity to learn new skills and make a positive contribution to their communities, to repair harm to communities impacted by crime through neighborhood projects. They receive art instruction, work on new murals, and perform other community service work, helping to shift community perceptions through these constructive contributions.

Restorative Justice participants often feel empowered by their accomplishments and emerge with a newfound sense of pride in their own abilities and enhanced employment readiness skills. Their finished artworks provide everyone with significant reminders of how far they have come, highlighting a hopeful path forward.

If I were to give back anything to the people around me, it would be that, art.

Life After the Guild, with Shaun Durbin Read More

84% of graduates in our Guild re-entry apprenticeship program are not reincarcerated within one year of program completion


78% of Guild graduates are employed or in school after program completion

44.7 million

The Pennsylvania Department of Corrections could save approximately $44.7 million annually by reducing its one-year reincarceration rate by 10 percentage points

What is Restorative Justice? 

Restorative justice is an alternative to traditional means of rehabilitation and punishment. It brings together offenders, victims, and community members, focusing on conversation and understanding as the first steps on the path to healing. Mural Arts’ Restorative Justice program operates within that framework, designing projects that aim to restore and rebuild communities affected by crime, to maintain inclusivity and sensitivity for victims, and to reduce the current recidivism rate.

Government and Nonprofit Collaborators 

Mural Arts engages in collaborations with numerous government and nonprofit agencies, including:

  • City of Philadelphia Youth Violence Reduction Partnership
  • Pennsylvania Prison Society
  • State Correctional Institution at SCI Phoenix
  • Philadelphia Probation Department
  • Philadelphia Department of Prisons
  • Home for Good Reentry Coalition of the City of Philadelphia
  • Numerous community organizations throughout the City of Philadelphia
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