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Community Forum

An issue-focused community discussion. FairField facilitation. May include expert panelists. 1-2 hours; medium-size venue. Click here for information about sponsoring a Forum.

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Community Summit

A community exploration of a broadly defined current issue. Moderated by experienced FairField facilitators. Agenda is participant-determined. Small-group break-outs for in-depth discussions. Advance issue research. Large venue; 4-5 hours long. Click here for information about sponsoring a Summit.

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Current Programs

Current Restorative Justice Programs Victim Impact We work with groups of juvenile offenders and prison inmates to help them develop empathy for their victims though understanding the impact of their actions on the lives of victims, family members and communities. This interactive program utilizes personal experiences, video clips, hands on activities, testimony by surrogate victims and …

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Ethics Slam

Teams form & questions are set ahead of time. Participants gather at public venue; may order food & drink. Tough ethical questions are posed. Teams work out answers and present them. Judges award prizes. Participants laugh, think, network. A collaboration: FairField Center, Harrisonburg Rotary, JMU Ethical Reasoning. Click here for information about sponsoring an Ethics …

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Fairfield Summits

Hire the Fairfield Center to bring summits to your community! The Fairfield Center, having expertise in large-group dialogue processes, has created and successfully implemented a community dialogue model that overcomes the limitations of traditional conference design and maximizes the potential of many community members collaboratively discussing and addressing vital community issues. Fairfield Center can work …

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Restorative Justice Process

Restorative Justice Process Restorative Justice brings together people affected by wrongdoing – victims, offenders, local communities – to address the problem with the help of a facilitator. People may come together once or many times. With the help of a highly trained facilitator, affected parties discuss how the wrongdoing affected them, how to restore trust …

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What is Restorative Justice?

Restorative Justice is an alternative way of looking at crime that focuses on people rather than laws; obligations or responsibilities rather than proof of guilt, repairing harm rather than punishment. According to Howard Zehr, long considered the “grandfather” of the RJ movement, and a local resident; “Restorative justice is a process to involve, to the …

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