A Restorative Justice Program for Merchants, Community and Young Shoplifters
What is it?
The RESTORE Program provides a voluntary opportunity for young people who have shoplifted to deal with their charge in a way that is meaningful to themselves and the community.
How does it work?
When a young person is referred by the Fort Collins Municipal Court or Larimer County District Attorney's Office, a RESTORE intake form is completed. The young person and a parent/guardian or other support person attend two RESTORE sessions and complete a contract, as described below.
RESTORE Session #1
Comprised of three parts, Session 1 will take about 3 1/2 hours.
Part 1 - During this session, the youth and their parents will listen to speakers discuss the impact of shoplifting on the merchant community, as well as the larger community. They will also hear other youth speak about how shoplifting has affected them, their peers, and their families.
Part 2 - The youth and their parents will meet in smaller groups to talk about the incidents they were involved with and how they have been affected by this incident. Youth are required to admit their responsibility and to talk about the incident. This group will also include other young shoplifters, their parents, community members, and merchant representatives, and will be facilitated by RESTORE Volunteers.
Part 3 - When the group sessions are complete, each young person, with his/her parent or guardian, develop and sign a contract to repair the harm to the victim, the community, their family and themselves. They will also sign up for a contract completion date and time to return to the RESTORE Council.
RESTORE Session #2
Will take approximately one hour. The young person will present their completed contract to the RESTORE Council at its regularly scheduled meeting. Youth under18 must have a parent present at all meetings.
By participating in the Restore Program, youth can:
- learn more about shoplifting and how it affects victims and the community
- repair the harm done by the incident in a meaningful way
- make choices about the consequences for their actions
- have their theft charge dismissed upon successful completion of the program