Juvenile Offender Mediation, Including Victim Mediation

The goal in Juvenile Mediation is to offer an opportunity for first time offenders to understand their offenses and receive consequences for their actions without having their charges formalized in the court. Juvenile Mediation is also an opportunity for offenders to express concern for their actions and choices with others involved and explore better decision making for the future. 

Victim Mediation is designed to bring the victim and their offender together in a safe environment. The goal is to give the victim a voice and also give the victim the opportunity to have input in the mediated terms and outcome of the case.         

1.   Intake personnel determine appropriate cases for mediation using the following approved criteria:

General eligibility—case by case basis:
a)    Assault
b)    Criminal damaging
c)    Criminal trespass
d)    Disorderly conduct
e)    Home/school unruly
f)    Minor theft

2.    Cases determined to be appropriate are presented to the mediation department, with a completed Mediation Referral Form and accompanying police report.

3.    If the mediator determines that mediation is appropriate, the victim is contacted and the mediation process is explained.  If the victim agrees, the case is scheduled for mediation. Both victim and offender will receive a Notice of Mediation.  The notice to the offender requires that a parent participate also; the notice to the victim requires parent participation if the victim is a minor. The mediation should be conducted within four weeks of referral.

4.    Upon arriving at the mediation session, parties will sign an Agreement to Mediation/Confidentiality Form.

5.  The victim is given the opportunity to propose to ther offender the terms that would make the victim feel whole.    

6.    If the dispute is resolved, a Juvenile Contract containing the terms of the agreement is written by the mediator and signed by the offender and the offender’s parents. The offender and the offender’s parents receive a copy of the Juvenile Contract.    

7.    After the juvenile has completed the terms of the Contract, the mediator prepares a Mediation Outcome Report that notes the fulfillment of the Contract and delivers the same with the police report to the referring department. 

8.    If an agreement is not reached or the juvenile does not complete the terms, the mediator prepares a Mediation Outcome Report that notes the failure to complete and delivers the same to the referring department. Intake then determines how the case will be handled.

9.    Terms of the Juvenile Contract may include but are not limited to letter of apology, community service, victims awareness class, restitution, voluntary no-contact, and non-violence agreements.

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