A justice framework which acknowledges that when a person does harm, it affects the person they hurt, the community and themselves.
This concept asks the individual to repair the harm caused by their behavior. Restorative Justice is a process in which stakeholders are all active participants in an effort to restore victims, communities and offenders, while rebuilding relationships. Not only is it effective in addressing crime, but the restorative philosophy can be applied to school settings, family environments, the community or any other setting where relationships can be damaged by harmful behavior.
We offer Accountability Panels for both Youth and Adults that are court ordered for a variety of crimes. These panels are currently run virtually and a fee payment must be made prior to attending.
· Allows individuals to learn the impact of their actions and take direct responsibility
· Develops a mutually acceptable plan to repair the harm, as much as possible
· Strengthens community safety
· Supports the healing process of victims by providing a safe, controlled setting to meet with the offender
· Promotes positive skill development of all participants
Provides victims an opportunity to meet their offender, in a safe and structured setting where they are able to engage in a mediated discussion about the crime
Our EXIT Program operates under the Restorative Justice framework and offers offenders the opportunity to repair the harm caused by their crimes. For more information click here.
When deemed appropriate, certain criminal charges may be referred for alternative restorative programming. Referral sources often include schools, police departments and the prosecutors office.
Brian Mattson spent his long time career in the Muskegon County criminal justice system hoping to give juvenile offenders a chance at a successful life. His approach was stern but caring. He believed that every case was important and the juveniles he worked with were not just another file in the system. Throughout his work in juvenile justice Brian was introduced to, at the time, a relatively new concept called Balanced and Restorative Justice.
Brian came to believe that Restorative Justice was a better option for the juvenile offenders he worked with and for their victims; building accountability, repairing harm and developing the skills to make different and better decisions in the future. Brian's work was instrumental in the formation of our Restorative Justice program, which was the first of its kind in the state of Michigan. We are grateful for his dedication and perseverance to the Restorative Philosophy.
Our center has moved & changed names through the years, but our focus on Restorative Justice remains the same. We are proud to be a part of Brian Mattson's legacy.
Brian P. Mattson
6/25/1947 - 2/28/2004