Source: (2006) Paper from "The Next Step: Developing Restorative Communities, Part 2," the IIRP’s 8th International Conference on Conferencing, Circles and other Restorative Practices, October 18-20, 2006, Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, USA.

At the Vera Institute of Justice, I am currently designing a Restorative Justice project that aims to target 16-19-year-olds in the adult Criminal system who are facing a range of offenses, including serious and violent ones. If and only if their ‘victims’ welcome the process, they and the offenders will be diverted into a Victim-Offender Mediation and/or Conferencing program with intensive preparatory and follow-up components. I’ll talk about those components and what they’ll look like as we go on. The project will be conducted in partnership with the courts and will include an intensive research and evaluation component. This project, particularly the inclusion of serious and violent offenses, is a leap for New York. But our house is very much on fire. (excerpt)

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