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Restorative Justice Paper CJA/224 Candy Burtle Barry Preston December 2, 2013

Other than the conventional Criminal Justice process there is a new way to handle crime; it is called the Restorative Justice program. This program is used only in certain cities throughout the United States. The Restorative Justice program is intended to reduce crime. This program has several steps and during the course of the process it is intended to set things right between the criminal offender and the people affected by the crime that occurred. A crime committed does harm to many others not just the immediate victim.
The Restorative Justice Program process starts with victim support: which supports the victim immediately following the crime with things such as crime scene cleanup and repairs. Volunteers aid the victim throughout the whole process to give support to them the whole time. Restorative Justice Program conferences are usually facilitated by two members and attended by the offenders that committed the crime, all the people that were harmed by the crime committed and the individual support groups of both the offender and the victim. The offender has to except responsibility for his or her action and involvement in the offense. The facilitator keeps the victim informed with what is happening with the investigation. If the offender takes reasonability for the crime and all parties agree to a restorative circle it will be arranged by the facilitators at a central location to where it is convenient for all people involved to attend. The victim may or may not wish to attend the restorative circle process.
There are non-communication processes as well which gives support for the victim, gives victim awareness, and also knowledge to all…...

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