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Restorative justice more holistic alternative
By Chisago County Press
Published: 11/21/2008

MINNESOTA - The week of November 16-23 is "Restorative Justice Week." All around the planet societies and organizations are promoting this alternative model to responding to crime. Locally, our police officers, courts and schools have turned to the restorative justice model for non-violent and misdemeanor offenses.

There are at least a couple hundred "cases" referred from Chisago County to the Youth Service Bureau Restorative Justice program. The Youth Service Bureau runs the program for Chisago and Washington Counties. Restorative Justice doesn't work for every offender and it alone won't eradicate every offense; but Matt Howard, YSB program head, says that when he does see an offender comprehend the consequences, when he catches a glimpse of "those little moments" it makes it all worthwhile. Read more.

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