Ontario County Youth Court follows restorative justice practices. Restorative justice follows three main guidelines detailed below.
- Repair: Crime results in harm to individual victims, communities,
and juvenile offenders and creates an obligation to make
things right. Essentially, justice requires healing or repairing
harm and rebuilding broken relationships.
- Involvement: All parties, including the victim (if he or she
wishes), the community, and the juvenile offender should be
provided with opportunities for input and participation in the
- Justice System Facilitation: Repairing harm requires that the
respective roles of government and community be rethought in
terms of how to respond to crime. In other words, restorative
justice-based practices change the role of the justice system from
being an “expert” in a case-driven response to crime toward the
justice system acting in a facilitative role that focuses more on
problem-solving and community capacity-building