This program provides restorative panels and follow-up services to youth adjudicated delinquents. Restorative Panels hold youth accountable to victims and the community. Follow –up services assure that restorative conditions of probation are completed and that harm to victims and community is repaired. The Juvenile Restorative Probation Project encompasses the juvenile restorative panels and the restitution project.
- Increase in successful completion of restorative conditions of probation.
- Increase in youthful offender’s awareness of the impact of their actions on victims and the community.
- Reduce the number of juvenile violations or repeat offenses.
Juvenile Restorative Panel
The goal of restorative panels is to give victims and community members the opportunity to interact with youthful offenders to discuss the harm caused by the crime and the action needed to repair the damage caused by the crime.
Referrals to the Restorative Panels:
- The court can order panel participation on the juvenile’s probation certificate. Family Services will then refer the case to the Panel Coordinator.
- Family Services can refer youth under the supervision of Family Services as CHINS who have cause harm to others through their actions but may not have been adjudicated. (In these cases, panel may be used to provide a restrictive approach to holding youth accountable.)
Who makes up the restorative panel?
The Restorative Panels are comprised of volunteer members from the community who are specially trained to participate in the panel meetings. The victims of the juvenile offenders are contacted by program staff, and can voluntarily participate in the panel process.
Victims can attend the panel; provide a written statement, or a telephone interview regarding how they have been affected.
Victims may also choose not to participate.
The goal of the Restitution Project is to provide follow-up services to adjudicated youth to increase the successful completion of their Restorative conditions of probation. Family Services, the Court, or the Juvenile Restorative Panel can make a referral to the Restitution Project.
The Restitution Project Coordinator can assist youth with the following restorative conditions:
- Community Service hours
- Monetary Restitution
- Letter of apology
- Other restorative conditions of probation
Philosophy of Restorative Justice
- Crime and dispute are best solved in the community where they occur.
- The victim and community should have a systematic way to have a direct impact on the crime and the criminal.
- The victim and community should be the center of the justice process.
- All parties in the crime or dispute should participate, but process in voluntary.
The Purpose of this Philosophy is to:
- Repair the harm done
- Resolve the conflict
- Restore the parties to right relations. Restorative Justice holds the offender accountable, he or she acknowledges guilt, and he or she replays/restores the victims and the community.
Community Mentor Program
This Program provides community-based alternatives to locked residential detention programs, by establishing increased community based supervision & support for youth on probation or at risk of illegal behavior. Mentors hold youth accountable for their whereabouts and activities by working in coordination with their conditions of probation. We also mentor the youth by listening and talking about issues that are going on in their lives by giving feedback, support, direction and a positive option to their problems.
- Reduce repeat & first time offenses.
- Reduce unnecessary admissions to detention programs by providing additional supervision in delinquents at high risk to re-offend.
- Increase the numbers of juveniles who can remain placed at home ,as opposed to substitute care, through increased supervision and family support.
- Reduce length of stay for youth placed in residential programs by providing transition support & supervision upon re-entry.
- Reduce conducts violation by doing curfew checks and drug tests.
Life Skills Group
The Skills Building Group teaches & directs risk youths a more positive & productive means to make choices in the following areas:
- Conflict Resolution
- Social skills Development
- Problem Solving and Decision Making
- Anger management
Nature Based Activities
We would like to take advantage of what Vermont has to offer through engaging in nature-based activities-fishing, hiking, snowshoeing or simply basketball at the park.