You’re Facing Criminal Charges: Now What?
You messed up. You got caught. Your loved ones are upset. The police are calling. And now you’ve been referred to “C4RJ.” What in the world is that?
The bad news is that you’re facing criminal charges. The good news is that you can do something about it, and that you’ll have support. If the police have referred you to Communities for Restorative Justice, it means that they’re giving you an opportunity to make the most of a tangled situation. More than that, it means that if you harmed others, they’re also giving you a chance to “make right.” That’s a big deal.
Scores of people have been in your shoes, chosen to step up and take responsibility, repair the harm, and learn something in the process. You can do it, too.
"...With Dignity and Respect"
The brief video clip below is an interview with a mother, Karen, who went through the process with her son some years ago. She offered her story here as a way to give strength and insight to others considering this option. Her interview is part of a longer piece called "Finding Courage: Addressing Harm with Restorative Justice Circles" also available on YouTube.