Restorative Justice Conferences originated as a response to juvenile crime. Conferencing is a victim-sensitive approach to addressing wrongdoing in various settings in a variety of ways.
A Restorative Justice Conference is a structured meeting between victims, offenders, their family and friends. It meets the three goals of balanced and restorative justice (BARJ) by providing benefits in the areas of accountability, competency development and community safety.
As a diversion program, it provides:
Advantages to the program include:
The program can be used in a variety of ways:
For more information, contact the Juvenile Court Service Unit at 703-777-0303.