INGHAM COUNTY JUVENILE ACCOUNTABILITY AND

RESTORATIVE JUSTICE

PROGRAM

Juveniles who are first-time offenders and have received tickets for low-level offenses are offered an opportunity to participate in the Juvenile Accountability and Restorative Justice Program (JARJP) instead of being processed through the Juvenile Justice System. Successful completion of this program will prevent the youth from receiving a juvenile record due to the offense for which they were referred to the program.

The Ingham County Prosecutor’s Office, Lansing School District, Lansing Police Department, and Resolution Services Center of Central Michigan (RSCCM) – provide a youth diversion program based on a Restorative Practice process that focuses on:

 

 What happened?

Who was harmed or impacted?

How can the harm be healed? 

 

The goal is to expose youth to tools that they can use in countless situations to avoid negative interactions with the criminal justice system/law enforcement and make better decisions in the future.  JARJP focuses on the following topics:

 

Conflict resolution without aggression

Peer resistance

Goal setting and accomplishment

Decision-making process

School performance

Time management

 

 

 

A Comparison of the Court Process v. A Restorative Practices Process

juvenile

court process

Ticket

 

 

 

 

The petition is filed with Circuit Court: Youth becomes part of the court system

 

 

 

 

Preliminary Hearing: Youth informed of charges (mandatory attendance).

 

 

 

 

Informal Process

(if not completed, will transfer to formal process):

- Referral to community services

- Fees

OR

 

Formal Process:

- Court / Adjudication

- Punishment

 

 

 

 

JUVENILE RECORD

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Ticket

 

 

 

Referral to JARJP RSCCM with Intake:

- Outreach/Interests

- 3 Questions: What happened? Who was harmed or impacted? How can the harm be healed?

 

 

 

Conference w/ youth, family, &

community rep.

 

 

 

 

Life Skills Seminar:

- Skills development

- Goals for future success

- Family

- School

- Community

 

 

 

 

NO JUVENILE RECORD

RESTORATIVE

 PRACTICES

A strong parental component offers parents direction to develop appropriate consequences and consistency when disciplining their child. Referrals to other community resources are provided when concerns fall outside the scope of JARJP programming.

MEDIATION

RESTORATIVE

JUSTICE

JUVENILLE ACCOUNTIBILITY

SPECIAL EDUCATION

MEDIATION

Email mediate@rsccm.org to make a referral.

Contact Us

516 S. Creyts Rd. Suite A Lansing, MI 48917 mediate@rsccm.org  |  Tel: 517. 485. 2274

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