Positive Impact Circle Program
A restorative peer sentencing process for youth offenses
Positive Impact Circles will empower communities, namely all those who are affected by crime/social problems, to actively participate in the response to violence and social problems.
In this way, Circles will enhance the justice system by holding the youth accountable to the community in which he or she resides.
Accountability will differ for each youth, but may include educational enhancements, restorative projects, community service, apologies and restitution.
A Peer Justice Directed Process
In Partnership with the Justice System
To Develop an Appropriate Sentencing Plan
That Addresses Concerns of Interested Parties
To Prevent Future Crimes and Address
Underlying Causes of Criminal Behavior
While Building a Sense of Community and its Capacity for Resolving Conflict
And Promoting and Sharing Common Values
The Circle process will:
Honor the presence and dignity of every participant
Value the contributions of every participant
Emphasize the connectedness of all things
Support emotional and spiritual expression
Give equal voice to all