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The idea of using mediation as a tool to aid in the rehabilitation of juveniles had been explored since 1986 at a state agency that provides detention and residential services for youth in the juvenile justice system. This chapter describes seven serious offense mediations that were conducted with juveniles who had been convicted of murder, attempted murder, and burglary. The participants reported that the mediations were successful in terms of meeting goals of reconciliation, accountability, and closure. These mediations resulted in an exchange of information, expression of emotions, and an increased understanding rather than plans for restitution.