The Alberta government says it will continue to fund restorative justice programs.

Last summer, the province decided to eliminate the funding, but it has since reversed that decision with the announcement of $351,000 going to 11 volunteer-based programs.

The funding has been promised for this year as well as next year.

Jonathan Denis, Alberta’s solicitor general, says restorative justice programs work alongside the correctional system as a two-pronged approach to crime.

"You have one [side]: prevention, dealing with at-risk youth, safe communities," he said. "And on the other side you have the penal system. If we can get people out of the corrections system, it's better for them, it's better for the families, it's better for society and frankly it's better for the taxpayer."

The money comes from the Victims of Crime fund with $65,000 going to organizations in Calgary and $125,000 going to Edmonton groups.