Why Refer

Why should a referring agent refer a student who has been criminally charged to either Teen Court or to Sentencing Circles? Five reasons: (1) the data tells us that after completing a restorative justice program the student is far less likely to reoffend; (2) we make the judicial process easier for potential referring agents; thus (3), we free up law enforcement, court officials and schools to devote more time to more serious offenders; (4) our programs are far less costly to the taxpayers; and (5) because the reoffend rate is so low, these programs promote safer neighborhoods and schools. 

Click on the link below to view the various routes by which students have been, and potentially can be, referred to Vantage Pointe restorative justice programs:

Referral Agents Diagram

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