Restorative justice is a philosophy and practice based on the idea of taking responsibility for actions that have hurt or harmed someone else and/or yourself. Rather than focus on punishment and isolation from the community, restorative justice focuses on meaningful accountability, which includes actively engaging in understanding what harms have been done and how to repair those harms.
The vision of the restorative justice work we are doing at CJAM is to create safer communities, greater victim satisfaction, and authentic and meaningful accountability. We do this in the juvenile setting in conjunction with Juvenile Probation, and with adults through Adult Probation, the Prosecutor’s office, and the Public Defender office. Our Victim and Offender Restoration Program (VORP) is funded primarily through a County contract. Our Shoplifting and Theft Education Program (STEP) is partially funded by client fees.
Types of Restorative Justice Services Include:
- Theft, burglary, breaking & entering
- Vandalism, destruction of property
- Harassment, intimidation
- Leaving the scene of an accident (with damage or injury)
- Minor assault (e.g. fighting in school)
- Conversion, shoplifting (STEP)
- Criminal recklessness
- OWI/DWI with damage or bodily injury
- Writing bad checks, forgery
- Theft from employer/employee