How the MCJC Restorative Justice Alternative Works
People who commit certain lower level offenses are referred to the MCJC's Restorative Justice Alternative Program (RJAP) for a restorative justice process. Referrals may be made by school officials, local police or by the State's Attorney. The RJAP sets the stage for those who have been referred to make amends in a meaningful way and to avoid the expense of court proceedings.
An MCJC representative talks to the person who offended and the people affected to try to fully understand what happened and to choose the most appropriate restorative response. People affected by an offense choose whether to participate, and how.
Those who successfully complete the program either have no criminal record (if referred "precharge") or have the charges against them dropped.
People responsible for an offense may either complete the program or face criminal charges and go to court. If the person responsible for the offense chooses to participate in the RJAP, the matter will be dealt with in one or more of these ways: