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Since its inception in 2009, the Division of Youth Services has been focused on establishing the Balanced and Restorative Justice Model as the foundation for providing services to the youth in the Indiana Department of Correction’s (IDOC) care. This model is a proven approach to providing effective and successful services to adjudicated juveniles in secure correctional facilities. The foundation of this program is based on a fundamental set of values and principles which are important to understand in order to achieve successful results.
With this philosophy in mind, DYS has implemented Restorative Justice Projects at each facility to assist with youth accountability and community safety, some of which include the Graffiti Removal Program at Camp Summit Boot Camp, the Salvation Army project at Logansport, the Habitat for Humanity project at Pendleton Juvenile, and various community service projects at the Madison and South Bend Juvenile facilities. Another component of Restorative Justice that has been implemented at each facility is Restorative Justice Conferencing with victims, family members and others. DYS received a grant that included a training webinar, development of training curriculum for new hires and annual in-service training, and certification of approximately 30 staff in the area of Restorative Justice Conferencing Programs. Each facility has been working on a plan to begin these Restorative Justice Conferences with appropriate cases.
Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention’s (OJJDP) Guide for Implementing the Balanced and Restorative Justice Model:
Balanced and Restorative Justice Philosophy
The foundation of restorative juvenile justice practice is a coherent set of values and principles, a guiding vision, and an action-oriented mission.
Principles of Restorative Justice
The Restorative Justice Vision
The Balanced Approach Mission
Figure 1 is a graphic representation of the balanced approach mission.