â€œSo, what happens now when they violate a rule inside the institutionâ€¦ theyâ€™re going to meet with the officer or whoever they offended and theyâ€™re going to have to propose some sanctionsâ€¦ or things theyâ€™ll do to make up for it,â€ Broughton told South Carolina Radio Network, â€œItâ€™s going to hold them much more accountable for their actions.â€
….The idea is to have a young offender meet with the â€œvictim,â€ whether it is a DJJ guard or staffer or another teen. The offender will then promise to come up with a punishment and the victim will have the option of accepting or refusing that punishment.
For example, a teen who assaults a staff member would normally be required to spend time in isolation. Under the BARJ system, an offending teen would meet in a conference with their victim. After that conference, the teen would consult with a counselor and come up with possible â€œsanctionsâ€ (which could include extra work duties, earlier bedtime, an apology letter, etc.). The assaulted staffer would then say â€œyesâ€ or â€œnoâ€ to the proposed punishment. If no, the offender would have to come up with a new punishment.
The same would be true if the victim were another juvenile, Broughton said.
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