Support Programs for At-Risk Youth!

Every day, at-risk children in America travel a path from truancy to delinquency to full-on involvement in the juvenile justice system. Their involvement makes them more likely to commit more serious offenses later in life.

That is why we need programs that offer these youths the opportunity to repair the harm they caused and get the help they need, which cuts the odds that they will re-offend and move on to the adult criminal justice system.

American Humane's Restorative Justice for Youth program is the perfect example of this. When youth understand how their actions affect others, they are less likely to repeat their offenses. Young offenders are encouraged to accept responsibility for their crimes and must take an active role in repairing the damage their crime has created. Victims are empowered to voice the impacts of crime, their current needs and to resolve their feelings toward the crime and communities can enjoy a lower crime rate and safer neighborhoods.

Sign the petition to support programs for youth that can change lives forever!

Children at risk are predisposed to becoming at-risk teenagers involved in the juvenile justice system. American Humane promotes restorative justice to help young offenders repair the harm they caused and accept accountability for their actions, to decrease the likelihood that they will progress to the adult criminal justice system. This is achieved through a community-based approach to dealing with crime, the effects of crime and the prevention of crime, called Restorative Conferencing for Youth Justice.

Restorative Justice for Youth is using restorative processes to transform juvenile justice systems across the United States. American Humane's initiative builds on its decade-long work on Family Group Decision Making for child welfare and an extremely successful practice approach in Northern California.

This initiative focuses on research and training for juvenile justice, child welfare, courts and other related systems. In this alternative way to look at the criminal justice system, young offenders are required to accept responsibility for their crimes and must take an active role in repairing the damage their crime has created, victims are empowered to ensure that their own needs are met and to resolve their feelings toward the crime, and communities can enjoy a lower crime rate and safer neighborhoods.

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