Restorative Justice aims to provide a respectful, compassionate, and healing response to crime and conflict. Working all across the state, Restorative Justice helps restore, to the extent possible, those harmed by an offense, encourages accountability from the person responsible for causing the harm, and promotes safe, secure, and peaceful communities.
Accountability Conferencing is a professionally-facilitated process that results in a face-to-face meeting between the victim of an offense and the person(s) responsible.
Participation is voluntary for everyone. Careful preparation is done with each participant to ensure a safe and neutral setting for the parties to come together to discuss what happened and the impact it has had on their lives. A signed agreement, reached by consensus, is often an outcome. If a face-to-face meeting is not desired or appropriate, other options may be available to the parties.
VICTIM EMPATHY SEMINARS
This interactive 4-hour seminar is geared to promote empathy and understanding by identifying and discussing the impact harmful behavior has on others—including victims, families, and communities. It is group-oriented and involves only referred young people and their parents/guardians.
This experience provides a supportive environment where youth are encouraged to understand and take accountability for the harm caused by their actions. As part of the seminar, the youth participant is taught and offered an opportunity to write a letter of apology to the victim and/or another person impacted by the offense.