Restorative Transformation creates an online opportunity for youth who have
caused harm to take accountability for the harms they have caused and repair the relationships within their respective community.
In our current criminal justice approach recidivism is high and rehabilitation is low. Restorative Justice used as a diversion program saves the Juvenile Justice Department time and money - while it reduces the number that reoffend and is immediately rehabilitative.
Restorative Justice gives an opportunity for those who have been impacted by a harm to be a part of a facilitated dialogue using a restorative process to express how it has impacted their lives and the community. Those involved will create collaborative terms that are equitable for all, in an atmosphere that is confidential, and all participants are acknowledged through a restorative lens.
Restorative Dialogue can be used for:
Disorderly Conduct, Arson, Bullying, Truancy, Vandalism, Trespassing, Fighting, Assault, and Theft.
Who is involved:
Victims (survivor) express the pain, fear, anger, and loss as the result of the offense. They may have an opportunity to hear the offender’s acceptance of responsibility, an apology, and willingness to repair the harm. A support person will be invited to attend.
Offender(s) face the individual(s) that were harmed, take responsibility for their actions and make amends. He/she has the opportunity to put this offense behind them and learn from this experience to make better choices in the future. Parent/guardian is required to attend to support, build understanding with the hope that family relationships can begin to heal.
Community restored and becomes a safer place for everyone. The community members may feel a sense of responsibility for both the offender and the victim. There may be a shared sense that justice has been done - coming together as community. This is a volunteer opportunity
Success is measured not by how much punishment is given, but by how much harm has been repaired or prevented.
Family Group Conferences can be used for:
As with the Restorative Dialogues , stories of impact are shared and agreements are made. Additionally:
"Our district and the surrounding community has benefitted from Tamara's outreach and leadership in bringing families and schools together to talk about student attendance. I have been a part of her Family Group Conferences and walked away thoroughly impressed and excited about the content."
C. Ron Mangum, Dean of Students
Skilled Spanish speaking interpretation available throughout the Restorative Justice Dialogue & Conference processes at an additional charge.
Restorative Transformation has had great success with Online Restorative Dialogues & Conferences. Carefully developed, clear guidelines keep all participants engaged, sharing authentically with a willingness to make things right by
repairing the harm.
“I’m thankful for being able to repair the harm I’ve done. I feel like people now understand me better.”
“I’ve learned the impact of kids using marijuana and learning how to say ‘no’ to pot and drugs.”
“I now know how to open up to my mom and show my feelings.”
“I wish I would have had this class before I was a senior, because it could have made a difference.”
“I got closer to my son and built a bond, something that I haven’t had with him since he was a toddler.”
“It helped to see other parents with similar struggles and to share the stories of what goes on with our kids.”
“I learned a better way to communicate with my child and how to create a contract to make up for mistakes made.”
Restorative Justice provides opportunities at various points in the justice system.
Law enforcement may divert cases as a part of a formal or informal adjustment. Prosecutors may divert cases to a restorative justice practice in lieu of formal charges or negotiate with defense attorneys for guilty plea agreements.
Judges can order an offender who has acknowledged responsibility for an offense to be assessed for the Restorative Justice practice.
Probation officers may develop conditions of probation, along with citizens and victims.
A detention or corrections center may have offenders participate in specially designed Restorative Justice practices which can aid in an offenders’ successful re-entry into the community.
In addition, restorative measures are often used to handle violations of probation or disciplinary actions within a facility. Finally, offenders may voluntarily agree to participate in a restorative practice separate from any court obligations.
(Taken from “ICJIA Implementing Balanced and Restorative Justice: A Guide for Law Enforcement Officers”)
Tamara, your part in the annual Alcohol and Drug Abuse Division Conference played an important role in our goal to bring substance abuse professionals together to share resources and research on success in combating substance abuse. Some of the comments we received from a few of your participants:
Once again, thank you for your contribution to a successful conference. We look forward to seeing you at the future training events sponsored by ADAD.
ADAD Conference Co-Chair
Over the four years she has been here, Tamara has facilitated training for our staff, co-facilitated restorative circles, taught social-emotional curriculum to students, and led family group conferencing. The Family Group Conferencing has provided support to our students and families struggling with behaviors that impact school success like substance use and attendance issues. These conferences have been a helpful intervention for some families.
I have been a public educator and administrator for seventeen years and believe strongly in the power of restorative practices. Tamara is dedicated, intelligent, and positive.
Ashley Broer Ph.D.
Principal, Options Middle School
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