Family Group Conferencing is a process that focuses on repairing the damage or harm caused from a crime through apology, restitution, community service or other methods. A case may be referred for Family Group Conferencing by the Judge, Magistrate or Intake Director.
The conference encourages offenders to examine how their actions affect the victim, the people they care about, and the community. The conference is led by a facilitator(s).
Family Group Conference involves the following:
- Acknowledges a wider range of people as being victimized by the offense.
- Participants are encouraged to express their emotions about the impact of the crime.
- Focuses more on separating the offense from the offender.
- Encourages parties to communicate while offering agreed upon solutions of the problem.
For more information contact:
Margaret Black at (419) 627-7521, Michelle Deichler at (419) 627-7520 or Shelisa Johnson at (419) 624-6317.