The Western Circuit District Attorney’s Office announced recently that it is creating a Juvenile Restorative Justice Diversion Program.
The program was created in a partnership with the Georgia Conflict Center in Athens, according to its executive director Danny Malec.
Restorative justice is an “evidence-backed philosophy” that focuses on the rehabilitation of offenders through reconciliation with the victims and community in which the offender takes accountability for their actions, according to a news release from the DA’s office.
“This method has shown high satisfaction rates for offenders, victims, and the overall community in which restorative justice is practiced,” according to the DA.
The District Attorney said the current responses to juvenile delinquency have proven ineffective.
Those eligible for the program are 16 and under and will be identified through the DA’s office. If the juvenile agrees to participate, he or she will be referred to the Georgia Conflict Center.
If the juvenile does not participate, the case will go through the traditional court system, according to the release.
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