Restorative Justice processes seek to find out what happened, what harm resulted, and what needs to be done to make things right. RJ involves as many stakeholders as needed, and focuses on accountability in a supportive environment. DSC is a member of the Juvenile Crime Prevention Council and serves youth facing criminal charges and as diversionary program for schools, law enforcement, and the greater community. We facilitate accountability processes, victim-offender conferences, and Circle Conferences.
“I remember being 15 in a car full of other boys when we ran over a mailbox. If not for the kindness and understanding of the homeowner and organizations like yours, I might have a criminal record today that would have prevented me from being a productive citizen with a career. Getting arrested, going to court, participating in mediation, and cleaning dog cages for community service to pay for a mailbox I destroyed was a humbling lesson that has resonated with me throughout my life. I hope these same lessons travel with this young woman as she continues her journey to maturity and adulthood.” – Father of victim
“I attended the Circle to help my son do the right thing and to show him that he is loved and supported. To help my child know that he made a mistake, he can move on.” – Parent Participant