Jerry Elster was raised in South Central Los Angeles. He has dedicated his life’s work toward moving Restorative Justice from the margins to the center of social and criminal justice. Jerry's trials have taught him how essential it is for people (especially formerly incarcerated people) to speak and be heard in their own voices. He believes that people without a voice are people without hope. Jerry is a Ph.D. candidate in Forensic Psychology and is the Program Director at Alternative Restorative Communities.