You never thought it would happen to you. You can’t believe how it’s disrupted your life and routines. You find yourself being extra watchful about your safety. Perhaps you’re angry about all the inconveniences that have followed. These responses are all normal.
It’s also perfectly normal to want to know why the incident occurred and whether you were personally targeted. The conference process allows you to ask whatever you’d like to know.
The Sheriff’s Deputy has told you about restorative justice and asked if you are interested in participating. This process is only offered if the following 3 things are in place:
- Those facing charges for the crime must take responsibility. If they’re disputing the charges, the case will likely go to court.
- You are given a chance to consider the restorative justice referral and whether it will serve your needs. We’d be happy to talk with you more about the options, and if you choose not to participate, you can tell us and/or the referring deputy your wishes.
- Together with the Sheriff’s Office, we must be able to ensure the safety of all the affected parties- especially you. If we have a concern about the wellbeing of anyone involved in the case, we may advise that the case not be referred.
If these criteria are met, we will gladly accept the case and be in touch with you. Read on to learn about each step in the process.