Addressing conflict through Community Conferencing

A Community Conference is a voluntary one-time circle process that includes everyone involved in and affected by an incident, crime, or conflict, and respective support networks. A trained, neutral facilitator brings together everyone to provide a safe space and structure for people in conflict to have dialogue with each other. Each person has a voice, and everyone collectively decides how to make things right and prevent a conflict from happening again. Everyone has a chance to heal and learn from the incident; and, everyone decides how to be accountable to each other. Here’s how community conferencing works in these types of conflicts:

Neighborhood and Community

Engaging neighbors to collectively resolve immediate and ongoing conflicts.

Court Diversion

Community Conferencing is a court diversion program that allows everyone affected by the incident to be part of resolving the crime or conflict.

Juvenile Court Diversion

Our current- often overburdened- criminal justice system often does not provide the opportunity for young people to learn how their actions affect others. Community Conferencing provides a space for youth involved in an incident to be accountable for their actions, gives everyone involved a voice, and includes everyone in deciding how to resolve the incident.

Schools & Youth Programs

Providing students, families, teachers, and administrators with safe, inclusive, and effective ways to build community and prevent and respond to conflict and violence.

Workplace

Engaging employees in ways that increase productivity, improve communication, and constructively address conflict.

Auto Theft

Providing an effective community-based response to juvenile auto theft cases (as approved by the MD State’s Attorney’s Office for diversion from court).

Post-Conviction Conferencing

Providing families of those involved in or affected by a crime an opportunity for understanding, healing, and finding a way to move forward.

Re-Entry from Prison

Helping people returning from prison confront the social and emotional impact of incarceration and re/develop vital support networks as they re-enter families and communities.

Returning home from Military Service

Assisting soldiers and their families re/establish vital supports as they deal with the social and emotional impact of serving in the military.