Juvenile Delinquency and Restorative Justice

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City of Tallahassee Release: Day-Long Restorative Justice Training Offered

This Wednesday, Feb. 20, the Community Connections Restorative Justice Program at the Palmer Munroe Teen Center will host a training session entitled "Restorative Justice: A Look into Juvenile Delinquency, Disproportionate Minority Contact, And Restorative Justice." The training will be held from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Tallahassee Community College Capitol Center, located at 300 West Pensacola Street.

The training will provide the Tallahassee community with an opportunity to hear from experts in the field of Restorative Justice and Juvenile Justice. Guest speakers include Dr. Michael Gilbert of the University of Texas at San Antonio, Dr. Gordon Bazemore of the Florida Atlantic University, Dr. Randy Nelson with 21 Century Research and Evaluations Inc. and Dale Landry with Village Architects.

"We as a community must exercise more smart and effective ways to address youth crime in our community," said City Commissioner Andrew Gillum, who championed the creation of the Palmer Munroe Teen Center and its Community Connections program. "Restorative justice strives to mend the wounds caused from a particular crime in which the offender and victim both play an active role in reparation. Not only does this practice begin the work of healing those most impacted, but it has demonstrated proven results that it can decrease recidivism and put people on a path toward success."

Discussion topics during the training will range from exploring the impact of disproportionate minority contact to the attributes of restorative justice. Training will also be conducted for citizens who are interested in serving as community justice panelists for the Community Connections Restorative Justice program.

The training is free and open to all members of the community interested in restorative justice processes and juvenile delinquency. To register for the training, please visit www.ididcreations.com/training . Continental breakfast and lunch will be served.

For community members that do not have access to the Internet and would like to register, please call Kendra Moore at 850-891-2569.

The Palmer Munroe Teen Center , located at 1900 Jackson Bluff Road, is open from 2-8 p.m. Monday through Saturday for youths ages 13-18. It is a community collaboration between the City of Tallahassee, Leon County and the Florida Department of Juvenile Justice. The center's purpose is to provide a place dedicated to teen youth development.

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