Community Restitution Diversion Program (CRDP)
The program’s purpose is to hold youth accountable for their actions by performing community service as well as victim reimbursement. For each community service hour that the juvenile works, he/she is credited a hourly amount which is paid directly to the victim from funds granted by the Missouri Division of Youth Services and the Victim Fund. The juvenile performs community service for not-for-profit organizations and agencies.
Victim Empathy Program
An educational program designed to teach juvenile offenders about the human consequences of crime. Juveniles learn how crime affects the victim and the victim’s trauma from victimization; increase the juvenile’s awareness of the negative impact of their crime on their victims and others; encourage juveniles to accept responsibility for their delinquent actions; and provide victims and victim service providers with a forum to educate juvenile offenders about the consequences of their delinquent behaviors. The goal of the program is to reduce at-risk behavior in juvenile offenders. There are six different topic focuses: Property Crimes, Drugs & Society, Robbery, Gang Violence, Violent Crimes, and Assault.
Victim Impact Panel
The Victim Impact Panel is a key element to direct involvement of victims with juvenile offenders. The victims tell their personal stories of being victimized or of helping other victims to reconstruct their lives after a crime. Youth are encouraged to enter into dialogue with the speakers and to ask questions.
Giving back to the community is an integral part of the restorative justice philosophy. Youth having contact with the Court are involved in performing community service. The Restitution Services department engages not-for-profit organizations and agencies to establish partnerships for the sake of youth performing service in their community.
This program was developed for the purpose of aiding youth to become employable. Curriculum is introduced whereby the youth learn how to complete employment applications, dress for success, and how to conduct themselves in a job interview. Along with this process is the actual job search with assistance from Community Outreach specialists.
Mediation is a safe place for victims and offenders to talk and listen. Mediation focuses on responsibility, damages and the effects of an incident on the lives of those involved. Mediation can find fair solutions and begin the process of “making things right.” It is facilitated by professional mediators and Family Court staff.