Restorative Justice Conferencing Program
How does it work?
RJCP consists of several meetings and contract obligations to fulfill in between:
Pre-Conference Meetings (1-1.5 hours/each meeting)
You and your parent/guardian will meet with RJCP facilitators for a preconference meeting. At this meeting you will learn more about the RJCP process and will prepare for the upcoming RJ circle. You will discuss the incident and explore your thoughts and feelings about the incident and who has been impacted by it. Your parent will also discuss how the incident has impacted the family. You will have homework to develop ideas on how to repair the harm caused by the incident.
Conference Meeting (2-3 hours)
You and your 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 you to fulfill.
Completion Meeting (1 hour)
You and your parent/guardian will return for a follow-up interview with RJCP staff and/or volunteers when your contract obligations are complete (usually about a month). You must bring 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. You will also complete the survey taken at the court arraignment. If all contract items are complete and verified, you will have completed the program.
- If program participant is under the age of 18 a parent/guardian must attend all program meetings with the young person!
- $50 Program fee