Source: (1982) Haddam, CT: Connecticut Justice Academy, 51p.

This series of papers on neighborhood justice centers makes recommendations for planning and structuring such centers. The justice center concept offers opportunities for the disputants to become directly involved in determining an acceptable resolution of their problem by allowing them to explore the underlying factors that created the problem. If a justice center is to be effective, it should involve community leaders and criminal justice professionals and be demographically representative of the community it serves. Case selection and evaluation criteria should be developed from the outset. Some of the dangers of these programs are considered.