Community Conferencing

…is a voluntary, collaborative, dialogue-driven process that allows individuals directly affected by crime to actively participate in deciding and implementing the response.

Restorative Justice Community Conferencing

Community Conferencing brochure
[PDF for download]

Assisted by a trained facilitator, parties affected by crime meet in a safe space to discuss:

  • what happened

  • what thoughts led up to the incident

  • how the parties felt at the time and how they feel now

  • what is needed to repair the harm done (to the extent possible)

Those most impacted by the crime make the important decisions about how to repair the harm and create a mutually acceptable agreement.  Possibilities include but are not limited to:

  • letters of apology

  • offender contracts to replace the victim’s out-of-pocket losses

  • community or personal service

  • personal improvement classes

For further information, contact us at rji@fairfieldcenter.org or 540.434.0059 x3.