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 process.
  • 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