Likewise, more than a decade ago, Sonoma Superior Court judge Arnold Rosenfield began looking for a new way to both keep juveniles from becoming repeat offenders and to help give a voice to everyone involved – something that had not been available in the traditional criminal justice system.

“In all the years I have been working in the juvenile and criminal justice system, restorative justice was the only thing that I saw that really had a chance of working for all the participants to experience some kind of positive outcome,” Rosenfeld said.

Restorative justice is quickly becoming the go-to solution for dealing with conflict resolution, school discipline and young offenders in Sonoma County.

"We like to call it justice through community, where justice is a choice we make together as a community,” said Susan Kinder, Restorative Resources executive director.

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