The Farley Center met with Dane County Community Restorative Court (CRC) in February, 2016. The CRC wanted to connect with local organizations who have volunteer opportunities available to send their clients so they can complete their community service requirements. The Farley Center agreed to participate and look at any future client referrals.
The CRC is a new pilot program in Madison working with Restorative Justice. They work with adolescence ages 17-25 who are first time offenders and have committed a non-domestic violence misdemeanor level offense. As part of the program, clients participate in a community based conference to determine how they can repair the damage they have caused as well as improve their current situations. Some of the restitution agreements include completing a certain amount of community service hours.
For more information on the CRC restorative justice project: https://crc.countyofdane.com/description
Definition of Restorative Justice
“Restorative Justice is an approach that focuses on the needs of the victims, offenders (respondents), and the affected community. Victims can actively participate in the process, while respondents acknowledge responsibility for their actions. The goals of restorative justice are to repair harm, reduce the risk of re-offense and rebuild community”