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Awakening communities to seek restorative justice by involving volunteers in helping young offenders, families and crime victims.

In the state of Arizona, USA, community volunteers are recruited and trained in restorative justice.  These people work together as teams with juveniles who have committed less serious criminal offenses.   In two Arizona counties, these teams are known as Community Justice Boards.  Board members meet with child, parent and victim in a series of conferences.  The emphasis is upon helping the child to become responsible in a positive way.  The Board considers the child’s strengths and needs and the family situation.  The child and parent feel part of a caring community whose members give their time and talents to help the family.  Restorative consequences teach accountability and life skills.

Children are transformed as they learn how to make better choices and to set positive goals for themselves.   Parents are helped  to find resources and discover that they are not alone.  Community members, families and victims from diverse backgrounds unite in a problem solving effort and learn about one another in the process.  Future crimes are prevented while at the same time the ideals of restorative justice spread throughout the community.

Yuma County, Arizona, USA, has a wonderful program for first offender juveniles which we call Community Justice BoardsWe will keep you updated on our progress.

Our Yuma County Boards are modeled after a successful program in Pima County, Arizona. We will link you to this and other Arizona restorative justice initiatives.

Community Justice Boards of Yuma County, AZ, USA:

Community Justice Boards

Yuma County Attorney’s Office

Jon Smith, County Attorney

Yuma, Arizona

June 30, 2011

Contact Person: Mary White, 928-817-4335,

  • January 2005 – August 8, 2011:
  • Total graduated:   110  
  •  Graduates –Ave. Age at time of offense:  approx. 14
  •  Total ongoing cases as of  August 8, 2011:   2

       *   Six (6) Boards:

5     in City of Yuma

            1 in City of San Luis

  Aprox.  40__  Bd members participated in July 2011

  • Total boys graduated:    64  58% of total 110 grads)
  • Total girls graduated:  46  (42% of total 110 grads)
  • Total boys terminated as unsuccessful:    11_:
  • Total girls terminated:    9__
  • Successful completion rate of  83% (110 of 133 cases concluded  with successful graduations)
  • Total graduated:  110
  • Total graduates referred back to Juvenile Court for alleged new offense:   31
  • Recidivism (re-referral) rate of  28%

Examples of Restorative Consequences for Juveniles: Web, PDF (2.8 MB)

Pima County Attorney’s Community Justice Boards, Tucson, Arizona, USA

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