Alternatives to the Death Penalty
SCADP is committed to abolishing the death penalty and showing that another way is possible. Executions do not bring back loved ones. Rather, they create more trauma and violence in our world. Below are a list of some local partners who are promoting criminal justice reform, violence prevention, and poverty alleviation. They are also promoting alternatives to the Death Penalty through circle processes which bring victimizers into a space with grace and responsibility to victims and community stakeholders.
South Carolina for Restorative Justice (SC4RJ) is a grassroots initiative seeking to humanize the incarcerated through advocacy, community engagement, and rehabilitation. The organization was formed in 2020 at a time when the systemic failures of correctional facilities became extremely apparent. Issues like overcrowding, unsanitary conditions, and understaffed/unsafe dorms were compounded by the COVID-19 pandemic. In light of this, SC4JR promotes restorative justice practices, prison sentence reform, and advocacy for the humane treatment of incarcerated people in South Carolina's prisons. Check out their webpage, as well as their programs and content!
The South Carolina Restorative Justice Initiative (“SCRJI”) was founded to respond to the growing need for alternative pathways to justice in South Carolina. Our primary mission is to educate and promote dialogue about the concepts of restorative and transformative justice and to facilitate the development of restorative . .justice practices in our community. Check out their webpage, resources, and future events!