JUVENILE RESTORATIVE JUSTICE CIRCLES
Men As Peacemakers' Restorative Justice Program serves juvenile offenders, family members and victims. We use the Circle Process to provide mediation for different levels of offenders: diversion, misdemeanor theft, gross misdemeanor and felony, and juveniles that are incarcerated.
Map's Restorative Justice philosophy recognizes the importance and power of human relationships within the community. The effects of violence and crime travel through relationships between people, and ripples out into the community. We strive to repair and foster the kind of connections a healthy community is built upon.
This program serves juvenile offenders, family members and victims using the Circle Process to provide mediation for different levels of offenders. MAP facilitates dialogue around complex and divisive issues and supports the reparation of harm caused by crime and violence. Through the Circle Process, MAP strives to repair and foster the kind of connections a healthy community is built upon while holding juvenile offenders accountable and creating a safe space for people to heal and rebuild relationships that have been broken.
What is a Restorative Paradigm?
Restorative paradigms emphasize the interconnectedness of community and the core values people share with one another. The focus is on developing habits of thinking and behavior in keeping with these shared, core values. Restorative Practice first involves building and strengthening personal and community relationships. Secondly, when there is division or when harm has been done, rather than meting out retributive punishment, Restorative Practice asks that everyone involved take responsibility for their attitudes and their actions and repair any harm that has resulted from their behavior.
Men As Peacemakers' Restorative Justice program started in 2003 and has become a central hub of restorative practice in the Duluth area. We facilitate dialog around complex and divisive issues and support the reparation of harm caused by crime and violence. Through the Circle Process, we hold juvenile offenders accountable, creating a safe space for people to heal and rebuild relationships that have been broken.
In the past year, Restorative Justice programs served:
- 300 youth
- 170 community members
- 220 victims.
MAP’s Juvenile Restorative Justice programming averages an 85% recidivism success rate.