Our Philosophy

The Alternative Justices Project seeks to further the research, creation, and application of systems of justice that can transcend and transform the state and its flawed systems of law and justice. The theoretical basis for alternative justice systems generally considered to be: interdisciplinary research on restorative and transformative justice (Saulnier and Sivasubramaniam 2015; Nocella 2011; Ruth-Heffelbower 2011) and intersectional feminist perspectives on these systems and their state-sanctioned equivalents (Gilmore 2011; Daly 2006), alongside anarchism, criminal justice, and various combinations and collaborations between these fields.

As opposed to strictly adhering to one of these philosophies, perspectives, or methodologies, the general concept of alternative justices allows for adaptability, creatively, and broader applications of the shared values within these systems and for healthy critique of various methodologies, allowing for the most impactful results.  Whilst these systems can often work both independently and in conjunction with the state sanctioned justice system, they also  provide both theory and action which work towards future versions of justice that are fundamentally opposed to imprisonment, punishment, and oppression.