Source: (2000) St. Paul, Minnesota: Center for Restorative Justice & Peacemaking, University of Minnesota.

In the relatively homogenous community of South St. Paul, the South St. Paul Restorative Justice Council seeks to strengthen community bonds and pride. The purpose of the council is to work in the criminal justice system, especially with young offenders, to resolve conflicts without the hostility of criminal proceedings. The council prefers the sentencing circle because it focuses on the goals set by the council. Also working as a part of the school system, the council holds sentencing circles in the local school system for violation of school regulations. Through this process, the council teaches responsibility, conflict resolution, and community integrity.


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