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What is a justice circle and why should I be interested?

Jul 08, 2009

From Ms. W's Summer Reading Blog:

A Justice Circle is a one time gathering of all people affected by a particular incident of youth crime. The goal of a Circle is to allow people who have been directly involved in an incident to decide together what the outcome should be. Based in the philosophy of Restorative Justice, the focus is on offender accountability, problem solving and creating an equal voice for victim and offender.

As a victim of youth crime, a Justice Circle can provide you with a unique opportunity to:

  • Receive answers to questions about the offense that only the offender can provide
  • Express your frustrations and concerns directly to the person who should hear them - the offender
  • Have direct input into determining what the offender can do to make restitution and repair the harm which has been caused
  • Receive support throughout this process

Victim participation in a Justice Circle is purely voluntary. Most victims who chose to participate indicate that they found the process to be of benefit.

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