Restorative Justice

Restorative Justice involves those affected by an offense in a process that focuses on the needs of the victims and the community. It encourages offenders to take responsibility for their actions and allows all those involved to work towards addressing the needs of the victim, the causes and consequences of the offense, as well as starting the process of restoration for both the victim and the offender.
The Piedmont Dispute Resolution Center’s restorative justice conferences—facilitated face-to-face meetings between victims, offenders and their support persons—have been underway since 1997. Restorative justice conferences are managed by facilitators who have been trained and approved by the Center. Working with juvenile and adult offenders, referrals come from the courts, probation, law enforcement, schools, and the public.

Good News! On April 3, 2014, PDRC in conjunction with Fauquier County Public Schools held a Restorative Practices Workshop. To prepare for this, PDRC’s Executive Director, Lawrie Parker, and Services Director, Marlene Hahn, met with nationally known restorative justice experts Ron and Roxanne Claassen on February 5, 2014 for an extensive consulting session.  Click here for the full story.

 

A primary objective of the restorative justice process is to enable victims to participate in the criminal justice system. It is hoped that confronting the offender, seeking recognition and reparation for the harm caused by the offense, and gaining an understanding of the events that occurred will contribute to the victim’s recovery from the impact of the offense on their lives. Participation is always voluntary for the victim.
This process actively includes the offender. The restorative justice process encourages offenders to face up to what they have done and take responsibility for their actions. Restorative justice conferences increase the chances of changing the behavior of offenders who have directly faced the harm they have caused.
Restorative Justice Services

David's Letter for RJ photo
Once I saw how sorry he (the offender) was, it was easier to get on with my life.  Theft victim
When I heard the affects that my actions had on my mom and dad and the store employees, all I wanted was to be forgiven and have another chance.  Juvenile shoplifter

When I was here I felt trust when talking.  Thanks and God bless you.  Juvenile’s parent
I feel this helped my son gain the “bigger picture” of his actions.  Juvenile’s parent
The offender is young but seems to grasp his mistakes and with parents’ help, seems to have a plan for success.  His agreement to write an apology letter is a good move.  Community Representative
I would like to have the chance to apologize to the victims.  Juvenile offender
It helps with understanding how you affected others and it helps bring closure.  Adult offender

Click here to read an informative essay on Restorative Justice written by a 10th grade Fauquier County Student.

For more information on this program call 540-347-6650 or email pdrc@verizon.net.