Traditional Approach Restorative Approach
School rules are broken People and relationships are harmed
Justice focuses on establishing guilt Justice identifies needs and responsibility
Accountability = punishment Accountability = Understanding impact and repairing harm
Justice directed at the offender; the victim is ignored Offender, victim and school all have direct roles in the justice process
Rules and intent outweigh whether outcome is positive or negative Offender is responsible for harmful behavior, repairing harm and working towards positive outcomes
Limited opportunity for expressing remorse or making amends. Opportunity given to make amends and express remorse.

Youth Court Contact Person

Allan O'Brien

Position -
Youth Court/Restorative Justice Program Director
Address -
200 Washington Street, Suite 207
Watertown, NY 13601
Phone -
(315) 836 - 8504
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