Richard is actively involved in developing and promoting the use of mediation-based and restorative programs for those impacted by the criminal justice system, whether incarcerated, in re-entry or in diversion programs. With other mediators, in 2017 Richard designed and presented a six-week mediation-based conflict resolution program to inmates at Rikers Island’s Rose M. Singer Center. This experience demonstrated the powerful restorative value of such mediation-based programs for offenders impacted by the criminal justice system, as well as security staff working in criminal justice environments in which conflicts and tension are endemic. Richard is actively working to expand such programs and the restorative benefits which they provide in prison, jail, re-entry and diversion settings. Richard also participates as a coach in the New York Peace Institute mediation training program for NYPD Community Police Officers (NCOs).