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Juvenile  Court  -  Probation  Services

 

Theft Prevention Circle

Peacemaking circles are methods of dialogue, which serve to discuss particular issues, facilitate understanding, and heal broken relationships. Circles are “places of listening – of hearing what it’s like to be someone else. They’re also a place for being heard – for expressing what’s on our minds and hearts and having others receive it deeply…The life stories are naturally transforming.” (Pranis, Stuart, and Wedge, 2003, p.3) Circles operate on the principles of respect, equality and consensus-based decision making. Although circles are strongly rooted in aboriginal healing traditions, peacemaking circles are commonly used broadly to deal with crime or wrongdoings and involve various participants.

As a core component of the restorative justice process; a Talking Circle uses a structural framework to build relationships and to address conflict within a community. Talking Circles create safe spaces, build connections, and offer the community a unique means of formative assessment.

As a core component of the restorative justice process; a Talking Circle uses a structural framework to build relationships and to address conflict within a community. Talking Circles create safe spaces, build connections, and offer the community a unique means of formative assessment.

Thurston County Juvenile Court hosts a Theft Prevention Circle multiple times a year. A means of preserving the success of this program is by having the active involvement of our community members whom are serving our youth. Participants from the community include probation officers, law enforcement, loss prevention officers, educators, business owners, detention officers, and college students. We encourage members of the community to participate in order to enhance and broaden the perspective of each participant.

 

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