Restorative Justice Conferencing Program
What Is It?
The Restorative Justice Conferencing Program (RJCP) provides a voluntary opportunity for young people (age 10-22) who have committed eligible offenses to deal with their charge in a way that is meaningful to themselves and the community.
How does it work?
RJCP consists of four meetings. The offender will have contract obligations to fulfill in between.
- Meeting #1 - (1 hour) Meeting with RJ staff to explain the RJCP process.
- Meeting #2 - (1-1.5 hours) Each participant will meet with RJCP facilitators for a preconference meeting. To prepare for the upcoming RJ circle the participant will discuss the incident and explore their thoughts and feelings about the incident and who has been impacted by it.
- Meeting #3 - (2-3 hours) The offender and parent/guardian will meet with the victim/victim representative, other offenders (if there are any), community representatives and the RJCP facilitators in a face-to-face meeting. The discussion will focus on who has been harmed by the incident, how they have been harmed, and what can be done to repair the harm. The circle will develop a contract to address repairing the harm caused by the incident. The contract will include a minimum of 20 restorative hours for the offender to fulfill.
- Meeting #4 - (1 hour) Offender and parent/guardian will return for a follow-up interview with RJCP staff and/or volunteers when their contract obligations are complete. The offender brings written verification of all contract items to this interview. Other participants from the circle will be invited to attend the interview, and may or may not be present.
- If program participant is under the age of 18 a parent/guardian must attend all program meetings with the young person!
- $50 Program fee