Restorative Justice Applications in Our Community and Yours
Presented by David Deal & Bill Casey
Even in the ADR community, the term restorative justice (RJ) is not a "household word". However, RJ is taking root in many of harm situations distinct from the crimes where it has most often been applied in the U.S. During the last several years, the Northern Virginia Mediation Service (NVMS) has provided RJ services to the Fairfax County Public Schools, the nation’s 11th largest school district, and it is beginning to find comparable interest in the local juvenile court and in the community at large. Bill Casey and Dave Deal, both mediators/RJ facilitators, and co-coordinators of NVMS' RJ program, will contrast mediation with RJ and present lessons learned about how RJ serves communities' needs to repair harm and restore relationships that result from juvenile offenses or crimes in school settings and in the community--including such behaviors as fighting, bullying, stealing, and vandalism. What is the motivation for schools or the court to turn to RJ instead of standard disciplinary or judicial measures? What are the costs and benefits to such an alternative? What impediments continue to thwart broader acceptance and implementation? Tune in to hear more about how restorative justice is a flexible model that can be implemented in your community.