Community Conferencing Center > We provide Programs and Services for the following: > Juvenile Justice
Community Conferencing provides a cost-effective and meaningful community-based response to juvenile crime by empowering the community of people affected by the incident (victims, offenders, supporters) to collectively resolve the case themselves.
Young offenders are held accountable for their actions; victims have a voice; and everyone decides how to best repair the harm and prevent future occurrences.
And it works. Re-offending rates for young offenders who went through Community Conferencing are 60% lower than for those who went through the juvenile justice system.
The Community Conferencing Center has worked in partnership with the Maryland Department of Juvenile Services, police and courts for over 10 years. Over 7,000 young offenders, victims and supporters have safely and successfully resolved their own crimes and conflicts through Community Conferencing.
During a Community Conference, a trained Community Conferencing facilitator brings together victims, offenders and their respective supporters.
During the Community Conference, everyone discusses:
If the agreement is completed, then the case is closed. If the agreement is not completed, then the case gets returned to the referral source to be processed in the usual manner.
Since everyone affected by the incident is included in deciding how to repair the harm, compliance with Community Conferencing agreements is extremely high (over 95%).
Youth Dialogue Circles provide a safe and structured space for young people in detention or residential programs to circle up and talk about meaningful topics. Youth are empowered, while creating learning opportunities for important skills, such as: responsibility for self and others, maintaining healthy relationships, and problem-solving.
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