Restorative justice for juvenile offenses

The Juvenile Justice Project uses a Restorative Justice models to address juvenile offenses. Its purpose is to break the pipeline to prison for juveniles. Restorative justice is a philosophy of repairing the harm done by crime by involving the parties affected by the crime. Using Restorative Justice principles, the CRC facilitates Victim-Offender Conferencing: a process in which the victim and juvenile offender, and other parties involved (or affected by the offense), sit down together in a safe environment with a neutral facilitator. At the conference the juvenile is held accountable for the offense. Parties can discuss the impact of the offense and what should be done to repair the harm that was done. The CRC also offers Conflict Coaching courses where juveniles learn skills for addressing conflict in a positive manner.

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