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Breaking the Cycle of Chronic Behavior: Circles for Girls and Women in the Justice System

Richardt, Gretchen
June 4, 2015

Source: (2002) Paper presented at “Dreaming of a New Reality,” the Third International Conference on Conferencing,
Circles and other Restorative Practices, August 8-10, 2002, Minneapolis, Minnesota.

In January 2000, the Circles of Support Program of Dodge, Fillmore and Olmsted County Community Corrections got underway. The first Circle volunteers were matched with a high risk/need female offender on probation in the community. Their purpose? To help the offender rejoin the community, provide a support network and to hold her accountable for her actions in a reasonable and respectful way. In this session participants will: Receive a basic overview of the program; Learn about community and organizational impact; Be presented program outcomes. Author’s abstract


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