Luckily, the juvenile court judge who heard Michael’s case knew about restorative justice and LAVORP. So he referred Michael’s case to LAVORP. A LAVORP mediator met first with the store owner, a man named Mr. Good (yep, that’s his real name – a very common Lancaster County surname!), to learn how the fire had impacted him and to ask what he needed to address the harm.

Then the LAVORP mediator met with Michael, to talk with him about his actions and determine whether Michael was willing to be accountable for what he had done.

In these separate meetings, the mediator also asked both Mr. Good and Michael whether they would be willing to meet face to face to talk about how to “set things right.” Both agreed, so the mediator brought them together.

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