Connect with fellow Community Mediation practitioners at Community Day!
Brought to you by ACR - Community Section and NAFCM
Lorig Charkoudian, Ph.D., Executive Director, Community Mediation Maryland
Cassie Lively, Ph.D.,Executive Director, Center for Conflict Resolution
Rae Kyritsi, Esq., Programs Director, Center for Conflict Resolution
Cheryl Cutrona, Esq.,Executive Director, Good Shepherd Mediation Program
Karmit Bulman, Executive Director, Conflict Resolution Center
Alison McCrary,Community-Police Mediation Program Coordinator for the New Orleans Office of the Independent Police Monitor
Participants will have the opportunity to attend four 90-minute workshops focused on community mediation-based responses criminal justice system reform. Workshops will focus on work being done by community mediation centers in the context of community re-entry, juvenile victim-offender mediation, conflict management training for offenders and law enforcement personnel and community-police mediation.
Community Re-Entry (Lorig Charkoudian, Ph.D.)
Prisoner re-entry mediation responds to the need for positive relationships for individuals being released from prison, which has been definitively established in criminal justice literature. Re-entry mediation is provided pre-release in all Maryland prisons to allow incarcerated individuals and their family members to heal their relationships, resolve lingering conflicts, and supporting collaborative planning for the transition to the community.
Community mediation centers in Maryland have been providing re-entry mediation since 2008. Independent analysis finds that one re-entry mediation session decreases the predicted probability of re-incarceration by 10% and each additional session decreases it by another 7%, compared to a control group and after holding constant for other factors that affect recidivism.
In this session, Community Mediation Maryland staff will discuss the program and key components for best practices, review the recidivism analysis, and discuss strategies for replicating the program in other areas.
Juvenile Victim-Offender Mediation and Victim-Offender Conferencing (Cassie Lively, Ph.D., Rae Kyritsi, Esq., & Cheryl Cutrona, Esq.)
Since 1992, the Center for Conflict Resolution (CCR) has provided a Juvenile Victim-Offender and Family Mediation Program in partnership with the Circuit Court of Cook County. Juveniles arrested for offenses including battery, assault, theft, criminal damage to property and trespassing are referred to the program and have a chance to enter into a productive dialogue with their parent or guardian and with the victim of their offense. The program generates opportunities for closure, understanding and for crafting creative agreements. It's also highly adaptable, provided in locations throughout Cook County and as a stand-alone program for families when victims are unable or unwilling to participate. Cassie Lively and Rae Kyritsi from CCR will discuss the program's operation, clients, evaluation data and challenges.
Philadelphia's Good Shepherd Mediation Program offers Juvenile Victim-Offender Conferencing (VOC). This restorative justice project offers juvenile offenders and those they have harmed an opportunity to meet face to face in a structured, secure environment to facilitate restoration, healing, and reconciliation, and/or to negotiate restitution. If the victim declines the invitation to conference with the offender, the offender's family participates in parent-youth mediation where the discussion centers on the consequences of the youth's actions to the youth, the victim, the family, and the community. VOC offers first-time offenders between the ages of 10 and 18 an opportunity to take responsibility and be held accountable for their actions within a framework that balances the needs and responsibilities of victims, offenders, and the community. Cheryl Cutrona, Executive Director of GSMP, will discuss the program.
Conflict Resolution Training for Offenders and Law Enforcement Personnel (Karmit Bulman)
Education is a powerful mechanism for reforming our criminal justice system. In some states, restorative justice and conflict management are integrated into the correctional system and in other states, this is a foreign concept. In some states conflict management and restorative justice have actually changed the culture of state prisons. Some states have never heard about restorative justice! In this workshop, you will learn about some inspirational models which affect entire systems. You will also learn about smaller scale projects which involve training police officers or training inmates in a variety of conflict resolution topics. Please come prepared to share criminal justice training work you know about as well as to learn the nuts and bolts of setting up new programs.
Community-Police Mediation (Alison McCrary, Esq.)
Seldom does a week go by where we do not hear alarming reports about alleged police misconduct in the local or national news. Many make national headlines, however, below the media's radar are less dramatic though still troubling encounters between police and community members in need of the transformation and healing of relationships. At the root of many community-police conflicts are poor communication, misunderstanding, or an incomplete understanding of police work.
With Community-Police Mediation Programs sprouting around the country to improve relationships and community trust and confidence in police departments, complaints from civilians may now be mediated in a handful of cities.
In this workshop, the Community-Police Mediation Program of New Orleans, Louisiana will share about how to create a community-police mediation program, strategies for building governmental, police association/union, and community support for a program, review data and feedback from mediation participants, and engage in a conversation to answer any questions you or other participants have about starting a community-police mediation program in your city or town.