New growth emerging from ground

The Cultivating Justice CoLaboratory is a community-engaged research initiative housed in the Center for Healthy Minds at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

Our mission is to disrupt destructive cycles of harm and trauma for those involved in the criminal legal system by transforming disconnection, dehumanization, and othering to connection, rehumanization, and belonging.

Through equitable community-academic partnerships that integrate academic and lived expertise, we develop and implement programs rooted in restorative and contemplative practices, and conduct rigorous research on the transformative effects of these offerings for individuals and communities impacted by incarceration.