Date: Sunday, January 3, 2016
Location: Radisson Hotel Duluth (Location Map ) conference room
Speaker Larraine and Paul Mickelson presents “Restorative Justice”
About the Speakers:Larraine and Paul are on staff at Carlton County for the Restorative Justice Program. They manage a pool of volunteers and spend many volunteer hours themselves working with youths who have been arrested for a variety of offenses, from minor crimes to felonies. Depending on the severity of their crime, the youths meet with community members, police, prisoners and sometimes the victims of the crime. They participate in determining their restitution and more importantly learn how their actions affect their community and their future. The program has many successful graduates and has been shown to be an overall cost saving program.
The CCCRRJP uses Restorative Justice Sentencing Circle in its attempts to reduce the harm of crime in our community. The Sentencing Circle process is a unique response to crime that follows a model of Restorative Justice. When we speak of Restorative Justice we speak of a framework that engages victims, offenders, and the community in repairing the harm caused by crime so that we can build a safer and stronger community. Restorative Justice Programs offer many benefits to the citizens it serves. Community circles empower communities to become active participants in the response to harm and crime. In this way, circles enhance the justice system by having the offender held accountable to the community in which he or she resides. Circles also provide space for offenders to examine root causes of destructive behavior and foster personal healing and growth that may lead toward becoming a more positive influence in the community.