Title

Restorative Justice Conferences: Moving Toward a Community's Well-Being

Date of Award

11-21-2009

Document Type

Capstone Project

Disciplines

Applied Communication

Degree Name

Master of Professional Studies

Department

Organiz & Prof Communication

Advisor

Suzanne Snider

Keywords

Conflict and Communication; Facilitation; Incarcerated Women; Recidivism; Restorative Circles; Restorative Conferences; Restorative Justice; Victim and Offender Mediation

Abstract

Restorative justice conferencing is a process in which a facilitated dialogue occurs between a victim of a criminal act or wrongdoing, the offender and impacted community members to help heal the harm caused and to build and restore well-being in the community. Through researched restorative justice practices, investigation of community needs, and an identification of factors for facilitating these types of groups, a facilitator's training program was designed and is provided in this capstone project. The training program will produce trained facilitators to assist in the resolution of an array of conflicted situations. These facilitators are expected to be available in various societal contexts, such as schools, correctional facilities, criminal justice systems and community organizations to provide skilled facilitation of restorative conferences.

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