Restorative Justice: How It Works
ICJS uses a "Three Equal Levels of Service Strategy" when working with referrals.
 

Pre Service:

  • Intake
  • Participant interviews/preparation
  • RJ assessment

RJ Service:

  • Family Group Conference or other model

Follow up:

  • Post session compliance meeting
  • Youth supervision
  • Victim liaison, support

Restorative Justice Services

Family Group Conference

A Restorative Justice accountability session with wide involvement which will include the victim and/or support persons, the youth and support persons; as well as representatives from the community of harm. There is capacity for police co-facilitation, where requested. This is the preferred approach for most Restorative Justice referrals because it does include the three components - youth, victim, and community and shows the wider impact of criminal activity as well as, community support for involved parties.

  • Pre and Post charge referrals from police and crown
  • Appropriate for pre-disposition referrals from courts
  • Can accommodate post-sentence referrals from Corrections/Victim's Services

Victim Offender Meeting

A facilitated session with the victim and offender with his/her parents or guardian in attendance. An appropriate service option where the victim requests a confidential process, or where the case warrants a more individual approach.

  • Pre and Post charge referrals from police and crown
  • Appropriate for pre-disposition referrals from courts
  • Can accommodate post-sentence referrals from Corrections/Victim's Services

Accountability Meeting

A facilitated educational and accountability session where trained volunteers assist a youth to explore the offence and develop a reparation agreement. This process is appropriate for first time offences which are considered low end like property or mischief, and Liquor Control Act violations, and or where there is no identifiable victim. Again, it is important to stress that although these are appropriate and meet the educational goal, ICJS strives to deliver Family Group Conferences because of the value added with community representation.

Group Accountability Meetings emerged in response to large group offending or a commonality in offence type. For instance, if several referrals were received for Liquor Act violations (drinking under age), a group of youth could be brought together for an accountability and educational process which involves a Drug and Alcohol Awareness Workshop sponsored either in-house or in partnership with Addictions Counsellors.

  • Pre and Post charge referrals from police and crown, where the offence warrants this approach

Community Service Order Program

Established service to respond to community service order referrals from youth courts.

  • Ongoing referrals of Community Service Orders assigned by courts separate from, or in conjunction with, referrals to Restorative Justice services