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Published:April 18th, 2008 04:42 EST
Colorado teens will help heal their victims

Colorado teens will help heal their victims

By SOP newswire

Colorado Governor Bill Ritter has signed a bill that creates a restorative justice option for some juvenile offenders. Restorative justice programs bring offenders into contact with their victims to develop a public service plan that redresses the harm done to the victim. These types of programs are intended to provide a satisfactory resolution to an offense while limiting a juvenile offenders interaction with the criminal justice system, giving them a second chance to turn their lives around.

By requiring offenders to repay their victims through public service, the program is designed to show juveniles that their actions have consequences and prevent these offenders from escalating their delinquent activity to more serious crimes. The program will be used only for offenses that meet certain criteria, but it gives state criminal justice officials another important option for dealing with juvenile offenders. Under the legislation, in order for an offender to participate in the restorative justice program, their victim would have to agree to participate as well.