Lutheran Social Services Restorative Justice provides a dedicated team of trained facilitators located across the state. Our staff are guided by the philosophy of Restorative Justice and aim to provide a respectful, compassionate, and healing response to crime and conflict. Restorative Justice seeks to restore, to the extent possible, those harmed by an offense, encourages accountability from the person who committed the offense, and promotes safe, secure, and peaceful communities.
Our program provides a wide array of services and trainings. The restorative processes outlined in this brochure are geared specifically for those referred by North Dakota Juvenile Court and Division of Juvenile Services.
Accountability Conferencing is a process that provides an opportunity for a face-to-face meeting, in the presence of a trained facilitator, between
the victim of an offense and the person who committed the offense. Participation is voluntary for all participants. Careful preparation is done with each participant to ensure a safe and neutral setting for the parties to come together to discuss what happened and the impact it has had on their lives. A signed agreement, reached by consensus, is often an outcome. If a face-to-face meeting is not desired, other options may be available to the parties.
Victim Empathy Seminars
This four-hour seminar is geared to promote empathy and understanding by identifying and discussing the impact an offense has on victims, families, and communities. The seminar provides a supportive environment where youth are encouraged to understand and take accountability for the harm caused by their actions. As part of the seminar, the youth participant is offered an opportunity to write a letter of apology to the victim and/or another person impacted by the offense. The seminar is interactive and includes the youth and their parent/guardian.