The criminal justice system holds certain truths to be self-evident. First among these is that a particular offense deserves a particular punitive response. That is true even in the face of compelling evidence those responses are, if anything, making our communities less safe. Changing the culture of the criminal justice system to one that is more restorative and driven by the needs of people affected by criminal behavior can be a daunting task. This session will be an interactive discussion about the challenges involved in making such a cultural shift. The discussion will explore strategies for engaging local and statewide policy makers, judges, prosecutors, defense attorneys, and others to effect a change to a system more grounded in restorative practice principles.